Priebus says Trump sought a different direction

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His White House in turmoil, President Donald Trump abruptly announced late Friday he was appointing Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to be his chief of staff, ending the tumultuous six-month tenure of Reince Priebus. But he has privately floated potential replacements for Priebus, including Secretary John Kelly, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and former campaign adviser David Urban, according to three people who've been in conversation with the president and senior staffers recently.

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. "We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!"

Trump appointed Kelly, a retired Marine general, to secretary of Homeland Security on December 7, 2016 and he was confirmed on January, 20, 2017 the first day of Trump's administration. "He has been a true star of my Administration". John Kelly is one of our great stars.

President Donald Trump has picked the retired Marine general to replace Reince Priebus as his chief of staff. Kelly says that he is "honored to be asked" to take the job. "He is a Great American".

Priebus had initially tried to block Scaramucci from an earlier post in the White House.

In a third tweet, he praised the outgoing chief of staff, who had previously worked as the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). "I fired one guy the other day". On Thursday, Sanders declined to tell reporters whether the president still had confidence in his chief of staff.

Using profanities, the 53-year-old remarked that Priebus had attempted to stop him from being appointed to the White House.

The shakeup was announced shortly after Air Force One landed at Joint Base Andrews, returning from a speech in Long Island, NY.

This fratricide is apparently aimed at forcing out those whom Trump has lost faith in, without the messiness of firing them. "I'm here to serve the country", Scaramucci said. In a tweet, Trump thanked Priebus for his service.

As Homeland Security secretary, Kelly has taken the lead on some of Trump's most controversial policies, including his executive orders suspending the admission of refugees and temporarily barring visitors from several Muslim-majority nations. "Otherwise they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines", the Washington Times reported. "Congress does, and we will enforce the laws that are passed by Congress, and I am offended when members of this institution [the House of Representatives] exert pressure and often threaten me and my officers to ignore the laws they make and I am sworn to uphold", Kelly said. "We all serve at the pleasure of the president and if he gets to a place where that isn't the case, he'll let you know".

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