Reince Priebus Out, John Kelly in as White House Chief of Staff

President Donald Trump has selected Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as his new White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus.

“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,” Trump tweeted.

Priebus resigned privately Thursday, CNN has learned.

The move was announced just after Air Force One landed at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington Friday.

“Reince is a good man. John Kelly will do a fantastic job,” Trump told reporters. “General Kelly has been a star, done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody. He’s a great, great American. Reince is a good man.”

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.

Priebus, who was brought on by the outsider President in large part because of his Washington relationships, also wound up carrying a hefty share of the blame for the White House’s legislative stumbles.

The former Republican National Committee chairman faced a difficult task from the outset as he attempted to wrangle a hodgepodge of rival staff factions divided by ideology and allegiance, his influence supplanted by several other top advisers — including the President’s own kin — who reported directly to Trump and not to the chief of staff.

Priebus’ appointment was announced alongside Steve Bannon’s, the former Breitbart editor in chief who was appointed chief strategist. The President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was named senior adviser and soon thereafter his wife — the President’s eldest daughter — Ivanka Trump was as well.

But it was the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci to communications director last Friday that set off Priebus’ final unraveling. Within days of his appointment, Scaramucci, who was added to the roster of top aides who circumvent the chief of staff and report directly to the President, took to the airwaves and suggested Priebus was responsible for leaks coming out of the White House. He leveled those charges on CNN moments after speaking with Trump.

Priebus had worked against Scaramucci joining the administration when the New York hedge fund manager was first considered for an administration post and while the two attempted to put on a show of unity in Scaramucci’s first days at the White House, it quickly became clear the two men would continue to be at odds with each other.

Priebus, a Wisconsin native, joined the administration as chief of staff after a nearly six-year tenure as chairman of the RNC, the final months of which he spent in a dual role as a top adviser to Trump’s campaign.

Priebus was tapped for the post at the urging of top congressional Republicans — including House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fellow Wisconsinite — who advised Trump that he needed a Washington insider to help him shepherd his legislative agenda. That left Priebus with the blame for many of the administration’s legislative stumbles, including during the arduous attempts at passing a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare — which Priebus had advised Trump to make his first legislative priority, promising him swift victory.

The pick was unexpected for many in the Trump campaign who saw Priebus as the embodiment of the Washington Republican establishment Trump had defeated in the primaries, and Trump and Priebus did not always see eye-to eye.

Still, Priebus helped Trump bridge the divide with many establishment Republicans during the general election and into Trump’s tenure as president, serving as a key bridge between the outsider President and the insider politics he found himself at the center of.

Priebus was just the latest former RNC official to leave the administration, following the departure of White House press secretary Sean Spicer — who resigned in protest over Scaramucci’s hire — and the ouster of deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh, a key Priebus ally who exited the administration after just two months on the job.

66 comments

  • magicmikexxsm

    That’s a good pick, move him there, he’s a take no bull$.h.i.t. type of guy…..then move sessions to homeland sec. dept. then bring in Rudy Giuliani as the new AG…..game set match over for the DNC….hahahahahha love , that should make liberals heads explode…

  • Archie Beal

    You do see these type of political issues in countries like Russia, China etc. I wonder why?

    • Givemeabreak

      Meanwhile Trumpers are fine with a foreign country trying to affect the outcome of our elections. Party before country as usual. Real Patriots.

      • Kat

        So it’s ok with you that the Ukraine interfered on Hillary’s behalf. Typical liberal hippocrat.

      • Robert

        The Russian government (Putin) interfere with other country’s policies and elections all over the world. The Russian oligarchs that are allowed to become billionaires must share their gains with Putin. Those that don’t are Jailed and have their money seized. The USA is particularly attractive place for Russian billionaires to spend their money buying or creating business that can in turn legitimately send lobbyists loaded with pockets full of Russian cash to Washington and not be registered as Foreign Agents. This not just true of Russia either as it is a obvious back door into the influential world of Washington by any foreign agency that wants to have influence. This goes on now, has long before Hillary Clinton hit the reset (NOT) button under Obama. The fact that the Russians and the current administration were discussing adoptions, is nothing more than code for Putin wants the US to repeal the Magnitsky Act. They don’t want to own Trump, and this same interference will be present in our government until that act is repealed. This has nothing to do with anything other than that, So give me a break, you stupid moron and go learn something! Start with the Magnitsky act which I support FYI.

  • HOME ALONE

    It is abundantly clear that Trump has absolutely no ability to manage or lead — even in times of relative peace. That explains his chain of bankruptcies and immense failures in business. The scary thing now is what will happen when a major crisis occurs. We are a rudderless ship in rocky waters with this child-in-chief at the helm.

      • HOME ALONE

        Yes they were — after he was able to clean up the largest fiscal mess sine the Great Depression left by Bush’s bankrupting the country with an idiotic trillion dollar plus war for nothing. (This in spite of an unpatriotic GOP congress that made no secret to put party over country). He brought you countless consumer protections, he saved the auto industry etc etc. Finally he was a man of honor who spoke with respect for others and in return we re-gained the admiration of the world which Trump squandered within weeks of taking office.

      • magicmikexxsm

        HOME ALONE wow once again you show your stupidity.
        ****after he was able to clean up the largest fiscal mess sine the Great Depression left by Bush’s bankrupting the country ****
        LOL this fool know not what he speaks….

      • Mike

        He failed even after spending more than every president combined before him. Obama made Carter look like a fiscal conservative.

      • HOME ALONE

        If you want to have a discussion based on facts (or even just ideas), fine. If you just want to make childish remarks so be it. Your point of view is not advanced — on the contrary.

  • Gwilikers

    Reince pubus’ good looks and stature were an asset to his cabinet. Do you think he will move to frackville ? And put it back in business with a dollar store??

  • WarningFakeNews

    Despite the lib noise, Trump voters remain very loyal. For one thing, the SCOTUS has been saved with his election and coming re-election. If that were his only accomplishment, it would have been enough.

    Just the same, while he sucks the oxygen out of the liberal left media, and they are fixated on nonsensical stuff like Pavlov’s dog, a great deal is getting done without so much of a whimper by the left. Trump plays the media like a drum, and the funny part is that they KNOW that and they still cannot help themselves.

    • McCracken

      What the media fails to realize is this: people have an extremely difficult time admitting they made a mistake. The more that you tell people how stupid they are for voting for Trump, the harder they dig in. One of Hillary’s major mistakes was labeling Trump’s base as “deplorables”. No one enjoys being call stupid, whether it is true or not. Just stop trying to shame people for exercising free will.

  • Deplorable

    Love the liberal tears on here cried when he picked him now crying when he fires him. Hes the boss and like it or not he can fire anyone he wants. Get on the trump train before you get run over little libbies.

    • MBA

      LMAO

      Yes, your use of the English language is deplorable.

      Grab the broom and start pushing, you’re hired!!!

      • We Won

        MBA, that’s the main tactic of loser, lefty liberals. Attack grammar if you have nothing else.
        You’ve learned your lessons well.

    • sw

      deplorable- Why would a liberals cry because he fired him? He was another unqualified buffoon that trump appointed. You have about as much sense as trump. Like he said, he loves the poorly educated.

      • Broken Record Libs

        SW on the other hand is a highly educated buffoon who backs leftists who steal our tax dollars. I guess Lying Hillary would have been the better choice? Yep, she and her family added to their stolen millions through that fake foundation.
        SW, you’re so bright, why don’t you tell us why the Clinton Foundation shut down after she lost?

      • sw

        broken record- why are you talking about Clinton? She has nothing to do with this article. Are you hallucinating just like your orange god?

    • We Won

      How do you figure? Because he fired someone who was leaking information and wasn’t performing as he should? It’s how business works.

      • Broken Record Libs

        Well, SW continues to show it’s leftist idiocy with those comments.
        Yes, America is a huge corporation and needs to be run as such. You obviously have zero business sense and it shows. We’re in debt just because Hussein Obama spent like a liberal with a credit card. Not a care in the world how our debt would be paid. Just keep shoveling it out to his backers.
        Now you libs can’t stand to see a competent administration cutting and running this country as it should.

      • sw

        broken record- That credit card and debt you speak of, look to your buddies bush and cheney. We’ve had 16 yrs of war. War isn’t cheap. You know that war on terror?
        As far as you thinking the US is one big corporation. You silly thing. How many corporations have their own military and nuclear weapons? I’ll just leave you to figure out a few more.

      • We Won

        SW, you’ll never get it so don’t even bother. If the country isn’t run like a corporation then how should it be run? You have zero business experience and even less common sense.
        Explain how Obama policy caused the stock market to skyrocket the day after Trump won the election? It’s up nearly 20% since Nov.9
        I’m sure you’ll have some pointless response to that fact.
        Will you ever tire of my destroying your every sophomoric attempt at a debate?

    • Mike

      Did you miss it. The clown was done on Jan 20th. He’s running around the globe stirring up crap these days.

  • WarningFakeNews

    Trump has discovered that there is no sense trying to keep GOP elites in his inner circle. The Reince rinse will do him good.

      • We Won

        Do you libs even bother to think before posting? Of course he owns it! And he dealt with the problem as a businessman should. No political correctness or focus groups to see how he should do things. Take care of the problem and move on.
        You lefties will never understand. Just sit back and enjoy real leadership for the next 7 1/2 years.

      • McCracken

        Speaking of business, why does Mr. MAGA lend his name to products manufactured outside of the US? Why are his daughters shoes made overseas? I’m just curious. I would think he would want to support American jobs, as that is what he perpetually claims.

      • We Won

        He has his clothing manufactured in foreign countries because the US tax code is so obscene and manufacturing costs are much lower.
        See, pretty easy to figure that one out.
        When the taxes are lowered he’ll be back.
        Business 101.

      • McCracken

        So…do as I say, not as I do? Why should any company (Carrier, Ford, etc) listen to him, and keep their production in the US, when Trump himself is unwilling to do so? Believe me, I understand the economics of offshoring well. My questions are rhetorical, and meant to point of the blatant hypocrisy in Trump’s words.

  • Givemeabreak

    What a dysfunctional cabinet. I thought he was going to get the best and brightest people. America is being run like a game show and a cross between the movie Idiocracy.

      • Mike

        Did you miss it. The clown was done on Jan 20th. He’s running around the globe stirring up crap these days.

    • TRKRGR

      if they’re not doing the best job, they have to go. I think Trump is TRYING to do what’s best for this country. Go Trump!!

    • Tedadee

      if they’re not doing the best job, they have to go. I think Trump is TRYING to do what’s best for his wallet. Go Trump!!

    • We Won

      Obviously you lefties would have been much happier with Clinton, the lying criminal. Yeah, that would have been great for this country!
      I do believe that liberalism is a mental disorder. There’s no other explanation. How else do you explain your childish behavior since you lost the election? How else do you explain a group of people who think it’s okay to take hard working Americans money and give it to losers who choose not to contribute to society? How do you explain attacking anyone who doesn’t agree with everything you believe in?
      That’s just a few examples of your disorder.
      You have 7 1/2 years to go, so grow up and adult please!

      • Givemeabreak

        You blind party loyalists are the “disease” that’s ruining this country. What you posted pretty much sums up the ignorance of the right. Everything you said can be applied to Trump and the right. Lying Clinton can pretty much be applied to Trump in the same way. The man tells no truth. Also Hillary has never been convicted of any crime so she is no criminal. Some would say that Trump is a criminal.
        I know plenty of people on the left that work and plenty of people on the right that don’t. Again with the blind allegiance and rhetoric.
        Attacking anyone that doesn’t agree with you is a Trump trademark. Not only does he attack people but he tries to humiliate people.
        I am an independent not a Democrat because I don’t let myself be programmed by the rhetoric from either side. I think for myself instead of just spewing what Fox or Rush said today. Get away from the TV and radio and wake up. You call people childish yet your name is We Won. Trump isn’t King he is President and over half of the people in this country voted against him so over half don’t agree with his agenda. So why would you think he should get to do whatever he likes like a King? Why don’t you grow up and learn how the highest office in this country is supposed to work. It doesn’t give you free rain to do whatever you want. These congressman work for their constituents. They are not there to do whatever Emperor Trump says.
        Where are the real conservatives? These products of cable news and talk show radio are what’s ruining the country . Nothing worse than being a brain dead parrot.

      • Broken Record Libs

        On and on goes the bumper sticker slogan spewing Givemeabreak. I love the libs who deny being libs. You clowns still don’t get it and never will. Look at the election map by county and report back. A couple of liberal enclaves don’t control America. You people can’t stand the fact that the working man spoke and you have 8 years to sit back and take what comes. Just like we thinking Americans had to do with your “King”
        Maybe you forgot how he ruled?
        Be honest, you did cry on election night, didn’t you?
        It have a complete feeling of happiness every single time I see you people melting down!

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