Friday, 28 July 2017

Trump replaces Reince Priebus as chief of staff with John Kelly after his 'feud' with Anthony Scaramucci

The simmering tensions between different factions within the White House reached a very public boil in recent days.

The foul-mouthed exchange that communications director Anthony Scaramucci had with a reporter for The New Yorker put the acrimony on full display, giving the public a clear view into the personnel turbulence.

Scaramucci took aim at both Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, but the criticisms of Priebus struck a stronger chord because they came after Scaramucci posted a cryptic tweet Wednesday that he later deleted, which many took as him calling for Priebus to be investigated as a leaker. 

Anthony Scaramucci
Scaramucci accused Priebus of leaking his financial disclosure forms to the media in a tweet.

The two men were pictured (pictured above) staring each other down early this week as President Trump spoke with reporters during a Wall Street Journal interview.

Reince Priebus
Those accusations capped their first week working alongside each other at the White House, and mark a contrast from the strong relationship that they were touting when Scaramucci was first brought on. 

John Kelly
John Kelly
President Donald Trump has named Ret. Gen. John Kelly as the new White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus in the role.

"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 said in a series of tweets Friday afternoon.

Kelly has already been working in the Trump administration, serving as the secretary of homeland security.

Trump praised him just this afternoon at an event with law enforcement officials on Long Island in New York.

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