Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, was pushed out yesterday after a stormy six-month tenure the day after a public savaging from Anthony Scaramucci, the new communications director.
President Trump has replaced him with John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security and retired four-star Marine general.
Trump tweeted the change while sitting aboard Air Force One on a tarmac outside Washington minutes after returning from Long Island.
The day before the New Yorker posted an interview with newly appointed White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci who launched a profanity-laced tirade against Priebus. Scaramucci called him Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” who had leaked information against him, and vowed to get the chief of staff fired.
“He’ll be asked to resign very shortly,” Scaramucci said.
Priebus had joined the president on the trip and never let on to other passengers what was about to occur.
The New York Times reported, "He stepped off the plane into a drenching rain, ducked into a car and was driven away without comment."Scaramucci had also been on the plane.
Later Trump praised his outgoing and incoming chiefs. “Reince is a good man,” Mr. Trump shouted to nearby reporters. “John Kelly will do a fantastic job. General Kelly has been a star, done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody, a great, great, American. But Reince Priebus — a good man.”
His Tweet said, "I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American...."
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Trump later said "I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!"
In an interview on CNN, Priebus said he had tendered his resignation to the President on Thursday, the same day Scaramucci, was quoted vowing to force the chief of staff out.
Priebus said he had always made clear to Trump that when the President thought it was time for a new chief, he would support that.
“The President has a right to change directions,” he said on CNN. “The President has a right to hit a reset button. I think it’s a good time to hit the reset button.”
Other aides were left to wonder about their own future, said the Times," Mr. Trump has considered pushing out Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, according to a White House official who discussed internal deliberations on the condition of anonymity.
"Several conservative supporters of Mr. Bannon told Mr. Trump on Friday that the president would risk losing base supporters if he let the strategist go."