White House gets new Chief of Staff

IANSUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 04:40 AM IST
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Washington : Reince Priebus, the White House Chief of Staff who failed to impose order on a chaos-racked West Wing, was pushed out after a stormy six-month tenure and President Donald Trump replaced him with John F. Kelly, the Homeland Security Secretary and a retired four-star Marine general.

Trump announced the change via Twitter while aboard Air Force One on a tarmac outside Washington minutes after returning from Long Island on Friday, the New York Times reported.

“I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F. Kelly as White House Chief of Staff,” Trump tweeted. “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 also thanked Priebus for his service. “We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!”

Priebus had been a frequent target of rumours about his job security amid infighting and confusion within the White House. He said he had tendered his resignation to the President on Thursday, the same day the newly-appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was quoted vowing to force the Chief of Staff out.

Priebus was also subjected to profane public rebuke by Scaramucci.  Kelly will take over the corner office in the West Wing on Monday and will participate in a meeting of Trump’s Cabinet, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

“The President wanted to go a different direction,” Priebus told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” on Friday evening. “A President has a right to hit a reset button. I think it’s a good time to hit the reset button.”

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