Donald Trump has fired Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and has named John Kelly as his new White House chief of staff.
News of the Priebus demise became official in a Trump tweet: “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 … and a great leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my administration…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!”
Signs of the firing came on Thursday, when comments made by new communications chief, Anthony Scaramucci, were published in the New Yorker.
Scaramucci said that Priebus orchestrated leaks against him.
In just over six months, Trump has lost a chief of staff, a deputy chief of staff, a national security adviser, a communications director and press secretary.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement: “General John Kelly is one of the true stars of the administration. He has helped seal the border and reduced illegal immigration by 70%. He is respected by everyone, especially the people at the Department of Homeland Security.
“The entire administration loves him and no one is comparable. He will begin on Monday morning and a cabinet meeting will follow his swearing in Monday morning.
“The president thanks Reince Priebus for his service. They accomplished a lot together. He was loyal in his dedication to the president. The president thanks him and his family for his great service to the country, and he will always be a member of the Trump Team.”
Kelly will officially begin as Chief of Staff on Monday.
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