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Trump fires Reince Priebus, brings Marine general John Kelly in

Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, was pushed out on Friday after a stormy six-month tenure

29 July 2017, 9:20am
US President Donald Trump has fired his chief of staff, Reince Priebus
US President Donald Trump has fired his chief of staff, Reince Priebus
President Donald Trump drove out his chief of staff on Friday, replacing Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in an explosive move that ends a turbulent six-month tenure, CNN reports.

"The President wanted to go a different direction," Priebus told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" Friday evening. "A president has a right to hit a reset button. I think it's a good time to hit the reset button. I think he was right to hit the reset button."

"I'm always going to be a Trump fan," Priebus said. "I'm on Team Trump and I look forward to helping him achieve his goals and his agenda for the American people."

In his interview with CNN, Priebus repeatedly said he submitted his resignation to the President privately on Thursday. Yet throughout the day on Friday, sources close to him insisted that he was not resigning.

"I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff," the President of the United States tweeted. "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."

The New York Times reports that Priebus’s ouster was the latest convulsion in a White House that has been whipsawed by feuds and political setbacks in recent days.

The president became convinced that Priebus was not strong enough to run the White House operation and told him two weeks ago that he wanted to make a change, according to White House officials. Intrigued at the idea of putting a general in charge, Trump offered the job to Kelly a few days ago, the New York Times reported.