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Trump names new White House Chief of Staff

Trump names new White House Chief of Staff

Kelly is entering the White House amid a major staff shakeup, which started last week with the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci to the communications director position.

From his candid and sometimes foul language to his disgust for Washington politics and his disdain for the press, the retired Marine Corps general fits the president's mold.

Priebus did not respond to reporters' shouted questions though he later released a statement saying it was "one of the greatest honours of my life" to serve as chief of staff. This presumably means that Kelly will resign as Homeland Security Secretary, but the White House hasn't confirmed that this is the case.

Priebus resigned privately Thursday, according to media reports.

Priebus said the president wanted go "a different direction" and that it was "a healthy thing".

Before Spicer and Priebus, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned in February over allegations of improper contacts with Russian Federation, and former White House Communications Director Mike Dubke resigned in May. Several conservative supporters of Mr. Bannon - including Representative Mark Meadows, the House Freedom Caucus chairman - told Mr. Trump on Friday that the president would risk losing base supporters if he let the strategist go. Trump also tweeted his thanks to Priebus.

After just six months in the job, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has exited the building.

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The event that triggered the beginning of the end for Mr Priebus was the hiring of Mr Scaramucci as communications director.

Trump is calling Kelly "a true star" of the administration. "I can't think of a better person than General John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success".

He took the job, he says, because it fit his background, and he threw himself into his new role with rigor, earning him the highest compliment from the commander in chief, who called him a "tough guy". Trump had focused on him in recent days, telling those close to him that he believed military discipline was what his administration needed. "I've been obviously talking to the President for a few days about this. the President was great".

His selection, opposed by Mr Priebus, was followed immediately by the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer.

Kelly is now the secretary of Homeland Security.

Kelly even defended efforts by top White House advisor Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, to create secret back-channel communications with Russian Federation as a "good thing".

Describing what he called a war on news leaks from senior White House officials, Scaramucci on July 27 cited Priebus in connection with leaks of news stories damaging the president and his aides.

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