President Trump names new chief of staff, ousting Reince Priebus

Anthony Scaramucci

He is a Great American", Trump wrote, "and a Great Leader.

Reince Priebus became one of the shortest-serving chiefs of staff Friday when President Donald Trump tweeted he would replace Priebus with John Kelly, Trump's secretary of Homeland Security and a retired Marine four-star general.

Anthony Scaramucci's remarks to the New Yorker magazine provided the public an R-rated glimpse of the backstage battles at the Trump White House.

And we know that the president was looking at General Kelly.

Trump had lost confidence in Priebus, privately questioning his competence after major legislative items have failed to pass congress, someone close to Trump told Reuters news agency. Last week, after it was announced Scaramucci would become part of the team, Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned.

Trump thanked Priebus for "his service and dedication" to the country.

"John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security", Trump said.

He previously served as the former Commander of US Southern Command and was the commanding general of the Multi- National Force West in Iraq from February 2008 to February 2009. I will continue to serve as a strong supporter of the President's agenda and policies. "We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him", he said.

What do people say about him?

Dubke had been in the process of divesting from Crossroads and Black Rock Group, two communications firms at which he worked before joining the administration, and was nearing the point when he would have had to complete the divestiture, a friend said.

Both Scaramucci and Priebus traveled to New York's Long Island with Trump on Friday for an event where the president highlighted efforts to crack down on the gang MS-13.

Trump is "not actually a guy that tends to stick to his bargains and so we'll see if John Kelly's actually given that kind of authority", said Cohen.

The move followed months of on-again, off-again speculation that Priebus would soon be ousted from an administration where he has consistently drawn heavy criticism for failing to stem the flow of leaks and struggled to impose a sense of order in a chaotic White House beset by controversies. "I think he was right to hit the reset button". He's been a true star of my administration.

BROOKS: Well, they've fired - how many people have they fired? - five major people in the White House or so over the last few weeks, an awesome thing for the first six months in administration. "As for John Kelly, I know he's going to be great".

Aside from sacking Priebus, it was unclear how Trump planned to proceed to regain his footing.

Kelly said he gets "occasional letters from Gold Star families who are asking, 'Was it worth it?' And I always go back with this: It doesn't matter".

After seven years of campaign promises, billions of dollars raised, and dozens of show votes, the Republican dream of repealing and replacing Obamacare appears to be dead. His resignation came in spite of Trump's request that he remain in this position, a White House official and top GOP advisers said.

Kelly was confirmed with bipartisan support by the Senate, 88-11, on Inauguration Day. The department said Friday in a statement that Kelly remains secretary until Monday.

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