Priebus out as chief of staff, Trump names Kelly as replacement

Trump names John Kelly chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus

"He is a Great American.", Trump said on Twitter.

Trump has repeatedly praised Kelly for his operation of homeland security, including tighter border controls and a travel ban from six Muslim countries that is now the subject of a lawsuit.

On Friday, as Trump traveled to NY, he took both Scaramucci and Priebus on Air Force One with him.

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

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The announcement comes only a day after The New Yorker published an obscenity-filled interview with Trump's new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci. Priebus was on the plane with him and left with no comment.

"I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff", the president wrote.

Scaramucci created a White House spectacle Thursday following his Wednesday night tweet accusing someone of leaking a financial disclosure document that is publicly available.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump thanked Priebus for his service to his administration.

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Despite lauding Priebus in his first appearance in the White House briefing room, Scaramucci days later revealed simmering tensions with the then-chief of staff.

Priebus and Scaramucci have always been at odds.

In that interview, he called Priebus a "f--ing paranoid schizophrenic", intimated that Priebus had been leaking to reporters, and said that Priebus will be "asked to resign very shortly". Priebus had tried unsuccessfully to block Scaramucci's hiring. The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been anxious about the dinner because he hadn't been invited.

A source tells CNN's Jim Sciutto that Priebus offered his resignation to Trump on Thursday.

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He had ties to key members of the Republican Party, like House Speaker and fellow Wisconsinite Paul Ryan, but his support base within the White House is believed to have eroded in recent weeks.


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