WASHINGTON, July 28, 2017 — President Donald Trump announced on his Twitter feed that he was making Homeland Security secretary John Kelly his new chief-of-staff. The change comes just days after White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci blasted Priebus in an interview and pledged that he would crack down on leaks that he believed were coming from Priebus.
Priebus was being attacked by Trump advocates for his failure of helping get legislation passed including the Obamacare repeal and replacement legislation, which continues to be stalled. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that Kelly will start on Monday and that the entire White House loves him.
President Trump has praised Kelly for his work at the Department of Homeland Security, including the controversial travel ban, tightening of border controls. However Kelly has distanced himself from Trump, over the belief that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
Kelly is the second general to serve inside the White House, General H.R. McMaster currently serves as Trump’s national security adviser. Priebus resigned privately on Thursday. Priebus discussed his resignation with CNN saying:
“The president wanted to go in a different direction. I support him in that, and, like I said a couple weeks ago, I said the president has a right to change directions.”
Presidents have been known to go through multiple chiefs of staff during their presidency, but Priebus’ time as chief of staff is one of the shortest in history. Priebus’ exit comes a week after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced he was leaving.
Trump’s original pick of Priebus was seen by many as an embodiment of the Washington establishment, who Trump had defeated in the primaries. Communications Director Scaramucci sudden entrance has led to a massive shakeup within the White House, leading many to wonder who will be the next one to exit.