Trump replaces chief of staff Reince Priebus after six-month run

Jerome Frank
July 29, 2017

Priebus, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, had been named to the post in part to bring political experience to the Trump White House.

Months ago, Priebus' deputy, Katie Walsh - a former RNC chief of staff, who was accused of being a leaker by rivals inside the White House - left to work on an outside PAC supporting Trump. He wrote: "John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security".

President Donald Trump has replaced his chief of staff in a surprise announcement posted to Twitter Friday afternoon, naming John F. Kelly to the post.

Kelly formerly served as Secretary of Homeland Security in the Trump Administration.

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That means Reince Priebus is out. Now, he wanted to know whom I had been talking to about his dinner with the President.

Asked to comment on the changes, Trump told reporters traveling with him on Air Force One that Priebus is a "good man", and that Kelly is "respected by everybody".

In the swirl of Shakespearean intrigue that surrounds Donald Trump's White House, Priebus' fortunes have always been a source of speculation, given his limited role, colorful band of rivals and the president's public slights. Surely, I said, it would become public at some point. "I fired one guy the other day". I'll get to the person who leaked that to you. The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been anxious about the dinner because he hadn't been invited. The three agents were not "directly involved" in the investigation of Lesin's November 2015 death in a Washington, D.C., hotel room, but they said they "learned about it from colleagues who were". He channelled Priebus as he spoke: " 'Oh, Bill Shine is coming in.

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