President Trump names new chief of staff, ousting Reince Priebus

by Antonio Miles July 30, 2017, 1:02
President Trump names new chief of staff, ousting Reince Priebus

Kelly is "a Great American and a Great Leader".

John Kelly is a battle-hardened commander who would bring a background of military discipline and order to President Donald Trump's roiling White House as the new chief of staff. "He must now quickly replace Secretary Kelly with someone experienced and measured who understands that homeland security is not a partisan issue".

The Obama White House didn't always appreciate it.

But perhaps that is not even what Trump, who seems to thrive on constant upheaval, wants.

Outgoing White House chief of staff Reince Priebus says that he formally resigned from his job after it became clear the president wanted to go in a different direction. A big piece of that will be addressing leaks and the president's portrayal in the media.

That this did not work well was evident, but to only blame them and Congressional Republicans, as Trump has done, is wrong. He defended the president's controversial travel ban from Muslim-majority countries and ramped up immigration arrests.

For one thing, Priebus was among the advisers who had to persuade Trump not to drop out of the presidential debates.

At a speech earlier in the day in Long Island, Trump praised Kelly at length for increasing border security. Also attending was Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist. So Trump continued to woo him. Such a definition of loyalty is ultimately impossible to reconcile with an administration governed by laws rather than personal bonds.

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It also comes a week after Trump hired Wall Street businessman Anthony Scaramucci, a move that sparked a long-rumored shake-up among the president's top aides.

Trump's naming of former investment fund manager Anthony Scaramucci triggered the resignation of former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who left his post nearly immediately after Scaramucci was named as Trump's new communications director.

Would you like to add your comments? Trump oscillates so fast between issues that his own staff can not keep up, let alone the network of legislators, surrogates, and political supporters necessary to give momentum to a White House.

Michael Short - senior White House assistant press secretary, resigned on Tuesday. Scaramucci, who is reportedly close to the president, insulted other staffers in a phone call to a journalist.

Kelly, a Boston native, replaces Reince Priebus.

Kelly is his new White House chief of staff. The New Yorker magazine published an interview Thursday in which Scaramucci called Priebus, amid an avalanche of vulgarity, a "paranoid schizophrenic".

Kelly said he gets "occasional letters from Gold Star families who are asking, 'Was it worth it?' And I always go back with this: It doesn't matter".


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