Kelly to replace Priebus as chief of staff

Reince Priebus is out as White House chief of staff, after struggling for months to bring a sense of order to the West Wing or advance President Donald Trump's legislative agenda. Trump announced in a tweet on Friday that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will replace him.

Two senior White House officials said Priebus had resigned on Thursday, but another senior West Wing aide said he was ousted from the position.

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

He added, "I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!"

Priebus’ exit marks the most dramatic shakeup yet in Trump’s West Wing, which has been plagued by infighting and anonymous leaks, as aides also struggled to rein in Trump and his Twitter habit. Priebus especially failed to form a strong bond with the president, and found it difficult to keep the White House focused as it became consumed by the intensifying Russia probes and inability to push through Trump’s legislative agenda.
There have been hints that Priebus may have been behind some of the leaks coming out of the White House.  He clearly had a tempestuous relationship with the new communications director.

Kelly has done a good job at DHS and I hate to see him leave that job.  He will be difficult to replace and the move will give the Democrats another shot at trying to slow walk a nomination for an agency that is vital to dealing with the immigration problem.


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