New White House chief of staff is battle-toughened leader

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After Scaramucci was named communications director last week against Priebus' vehement objections, White House officials widely believed that Priebus's position had become more imperiled.

President Trump announced he is replacing White House chief of staff Reince Priebus with his Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Priebus says he offered his resignation after Trump indicated he wanted to go in a different direction.

Kelly, a former U.S. Marine Corps general, was called a "Great American and a Great Leader" by Trump. He added that he agreed the White House might well benefit from "a reset", and he said, "I'm always going to be a Trump fan". Those who have departed include former deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh, outgoing press secretary Sean Spicer and press aide Michael Short. That brought Trump and Priebus close, but it was never a natural fit - the mild-mannered, careful former Wisconsin Republican Party leader with the Midwestern accent, once critically described as the "nebbish's nebbish", and the flashy, cavalier NY billionaire. That the comms director was allowed to openly trash another senior admin official with no public pushback from the president meant Priebus's days were numbered no matter what, basically.

Within a week of his hiring, Scaramucci publicly questioned Priebus and his loyalty to the president, giving aggressive media interviews that appeared to finger the chief of staff as a leaker. Then it was Sean Spicer, the beleaguered press secretary doubling as communications director, who left the day Trump brought on board NY financier Anthony Scaramucci as the new communications director. In a highly unusual arrangement, Trump said at the outset that Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon would serve as "equal partners" in implementing his agenda.

As Secretary of Homeland Security, Kelly has played a key role in the border security of the Trump administration.

Scaramucci responded on Twitter after Lizza's piece was published was published, saying he will "refrain" from using colorful language "in this arena" and that he made the made the mistake of trusting a reporter.

That status, as part of what the military calls a Gold Star family, puts him in the administration of a presidential candidate who verbally attacked a Gold Star family: the Khans, Muslim-American immigrants who lost a son in Iraq and had criticized Trump at the Democratic National Convention.

The SUV then left the Trump motorcade, "which proceeded along to the White House without him", the Post reports.

Priebus formerly served as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), while Spicer is the former RNC communications chief.

On Friday evening, Trump announced that he has appointed Gen. John Kelly as Priebus' replacement. "We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him", he said.

People who know Kelly told The Associated Press that he was not aware of the details of those initial orders until around the time that Trump signed them.

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., tweeted that Priebus "did a good job as chief of staff".

Meanwhile, Trump continues to publicly decry his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, tweeting this week that Sessions is "beleaguered".

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a statement "Reince Priebus is a good friend".

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