Priebus takes his turn on the Trump administration hot seat

Priebus takes his turn on the Trump administration hot seat

President Donald Trump on Friday tapped his Homeland Security secretary, John Kelly, as his new chief of staff, marking a remarkable rise for the retired general within the administration.

On Twitter, Trump wrote,"I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff".

Sen. Tom Cotton R-Ark., said "John Kelly is a great American", before thanking Priebus "for his service to our country".

A target of constant criticism in the administration, Priebus has had an open feud with new White House Communications Director Anthony Scarmucci and strongly opposed his appointment.

Trump, who reportedly "loved" the expletive-filled rant, was said to be unhappy about Priebus' unwillingness to fight back, according to an adviser who spoke to the Wall Street Journal. "We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him", he said.

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".

Meanwhile, Trump continues to publicly decry his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, tweeting this week that Sessions is "beleaguered".

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.

In a third tweet, he praised the outgoing chief of staff, who had previously worked as the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). "This is a great loss for the president whether he realizes it or not".

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Using profanities, the 53-year-old remarked that Priebus had attempted to stop him from being appointed to the White House.

But Kelly's reassignment to the White House remains a hypothetical.

The chief of staff was also head of the SWAT team.

Rep. Peter King of NY sat across from the outgoing chief of staff on Air Force One's return flight to Washington and said Priebus "kept a poker face".

"I'm going to honor the President every day", he said, repeatedly adding, "I'm not going to get into this personal stuff".

Priebus calls Kelly a "brilliant pick" and says he himself remains a Trump fan.

As Homeland Security secretary, Kelly has taken the lead on some of Trump's most controversial policies, including his executive orders suspending the admission of refugees and temporarily barring visitors from several Muslim-majority nations.

"What I never saw on the military side was the level of toxic kind of politics that are associated with what I do now", Kelly acknowledged in the June interview, repeating what he frequently tells members of Congress who criticize his actions: If you don't like the laws, try to change them.

In terms of political influence, they're dead men. Kelly, he said, will bring "unparalleled leadership skills to the job".

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