Trump Replaces Chief Of Staff Priebus With Retired General Kelly

Jay Jacobs
July 31, 2017

President Donald Trump announced via Twitter Friday afternoon that he has a new White House Chief of Staff.

"I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House chief of staff", Trump tweeted.

He led the Southern Command, where he oversaw USA military operations in South and Central America, including the southern border, and he formed a tough immigration stance.

Kelly, 67, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, is now secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and will assume the chief of staff post on Monday.

Keane said Kelly is the "superstar" of the president's Cabinet, and his "strength of personality" will likely curb some of the divisiveness in the administration, although he can not change the players' personalities.

Trump has made the position of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions untenable; US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is said to be far from being a happy camper; and US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster reportedly has incurred Trump's disapproval for the time he's taking in finding his groove.

In a third tweet, the President thanked Priebus for his service: "I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. I support him in that", he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room".

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

Priebus brought with Spicer, a former RNC official, with him to the White House.

"I'm going to honor the President every day", he said, repeatedly adding, "I'm not going to get into this personal stuff".

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US President Donald Trump has taken a gamble in installing the politically inexperienced John Kelly as his chief of staff. "Deidre is not a fan of Trump", the source said.

"General John Kelly is one of the true stars of the Administration".

These two were the Republican Party establishment figures in the West Wing.

Priebus, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, lost his job just hours after the president's signature drive to repeal his predecessor's health care program collapsed on the Senate floor and a day after an ugly feud with the new communications director erupted in a public airing of the deep animosities plaguing the White House.

There has been longstanding staff rivalry between veterans who signed up early for Trump's presidential campaign and Republican National Committee officials brought in for the fall race against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump announced the switch on Twitter after a trip to NY, on which he was accompanied by Priebus.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, a frequent Trump critic, welcomed Kelly as "one of the strongest and most natural leaders I've ever known".

Ryan offered his congratulations to Kelly and said he looks forward to working with him.

Meanwhile the White House attempted to add clarity on tax reform, one of the policy promises most widely hoped for among investors.

Yet the prospects for tax reform remain distant, with serious questions over the White House's ability to marshall Republican politicians towards a consensus.

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