Trump ousts Priebus as his chief of staff, appoints Kelly

Trump ousts Priebus as his chief of staff, appoints Kelly

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

Michael Flynn - Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned in February after revelations that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

In 42 years of active service as a U.S. Marine, Kelly worked his way up from enlisted grunt to four-star general, serving in both Iraq wars and a number of other deployments. His term ends in fewer than 200 days, the shortest tenure for any president's first White House chief of staff since the post was formally established in 1946.

The widely anticipated announcement followed a series of public attacks on Priebus this week from new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who boarded Air Force One with Trump and Priebus for a Friday afternoon event in NY. Most presidents had two or even three. Walsh followed Priebus into the administration after serving as his chief of staff when he was chairman of the Republican National Committee.

That this did not work well was evident, but to only blame them and Congressional Republicans, as Trump has done, is wrong. Another early departure from the Trump White House was National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

But that is not something the president appears willing to admit - now or ever.

As a candidate, and now as president, Trump has cycled through campaign chiefs and advisers but has remained easily distracted by his personal interests and only loosely tethered to any policy plans.

Firing Sessions or special counsel Robert Mueller - a move that has reportedly been considered by Trump and that would effectively end the Russian Federation probe that has been vexing him - could be one step too far even for this president.

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When Trump asked him to join his administration as secretary of Homeland Security, he "panicked for a bit", he told the Aspen Security Conference last week: "All I could think about is, how do I get out of this?"

Across the board, Republican state party chairs said their much bigger beef with Trump and the GOP-led Congress is its failure on health care. But says he was not prepared to become the political lightning rod that his new position has made him.

On Thursday night, in a weird interview with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza, Anthony Scaramucci, Mr Trump's new Director of Communications, said that Mr Priebus would not last much longer. If that happens, it could indeed mark a turning point for the Trump presidency. The thread stays open for 24 hours after publication. Spicer resigned on July 21.

When he did arrive in the West Wing last week - against the advice given to Mr Trump by Mr Priebus and spokesman Sean Spicer, who subsequently quit - it was noted that the brash New Yorker was to report directly to Mr Trump and not Mr Priebus, as would normally have been the case for a communications director. "Reince is a good man".

After Trump boarded Air Force One on Friday for a trip to Long Island, New York, reporters saw Priebus and Scaramucci, who was on the telephone and carrying a bag, boarding the aircraft using the rear staircase.

"I think the president as always enjoys healthy competition and conversation, and he sees that as such", she said. Conway herself is infamous for coming up with the phrase "alternative facts".

Priebus' appointment was announced alongside Steve Bannon's, the former Breitbart editor in chief who was appointed chief strategist.

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