Trump names DHS Secretary new Chief of Staff, ousts Reince Priebus

Trump Replaces Reince Priebus With John F. Kelly as Chief of Staff

According to President Trump's Twitter account, the new White House Chief of Staff is General/Secretary John F. Kelly.

Mr Trump tweeted: "I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff".

Trump had lost confidence in Priebus, privately questioning his competence after major legislative items failed to pass the U.S. Congress, a Trump confidant said.

He is being replaced by General (and Secretary of Homeland Security) John Kelly. But he clashed with Scaramucci and had been under siege by Trump advisers inside and outside of the White House who complained that he was ineffectual.

Meanwhile, several damaging stories about Scaramucci have appeared in the press, and he blamed Priebus for majority.

The chief of staff made an appearance Thursday at an East Room event where Trump honored first responders, acting as if nothing was amiss.

Priebus led the Republican National Committee before coming to the White House.

The news came at the end of a tumultuous week of White House infighting, notably pitting incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci against Priebus.

As chairman of the RNC, Priebus had the unenviable role of trying to keep the roof on the Republican Party house with Trump, an outsider tornado, spiraling toward it.

Trump structured the White House in a way that undermined Priebus' authority from Day One. The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been anxious about the dinner because he hadn't been invited. He leveled those charges on CNN moments after speaking with Trump. George H.W. Bush ran a hierarchical West Wing with a powerful chief of staff who controlled access to the Oval Office.

On Thursday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "I don't know if [Trump] has an opinion on what they should do between the two of them".

"Is it an assistant to the President?" he asked.

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