After days of speculation, it seems that Reince Priebus’ time as White House Chief of Staff has come to an end.
The tumult surrounding the Trump administration has apparently come to a head this week after the fiery hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as White House Communications Director. Scaramucci had declared that his number one priority would be identifying and deposing a number of leaks from within the White House, and Reince Priebus himself was singled out by the new Press Chief in a now-deleted tweet on the subject.
At the week’s end, it appears that Scaramucci has gotten his wish.
“President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is his new chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus. It was not immediately clear if Priebus, who had long been rumored to be on the outs with Trump, was ousted or resigned.
“‘I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. 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,’ Trump wrote.
“He added, ‘I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!’
“Priebus’ exit follows a sustained attack campaign from new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who went on an expletive laden rant against Priebus to the New Yorker earlier this week, calling the chief of staff a ‘f—— paranoid schizophrenic’ and accusing him of trying to ‘c— block’ him and keep him out of the West Wing.”
Scaramucci’s scare tactics have seemingly rooted out a major source of turmoil for President Trump.
The addition of General John Kelly also confirms rumors from earlier in the day that the Commander in Chief was eyeing a military persona to fill roles within the administration.
With Priebus out, it will be up to Scaramucci to keep the pressure on to sniff out any other turncoats in Trump’s midst. Priebus, almost predictably, had issues with Trump up until the time that the businessman became republican nominee in 2016.