John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security.
The announcement comes after a week of conflict between Priebus and Trump’s newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who had accused the chief of staff of leaking damaging information about him.
In a series of tweets just before 17:00 (22:00 GMT) on Friday, the president praised the former Marine Corp general as a “great American” and a “great leader”.
His role has involved him in some of the flash points of early Trump administration policy, including a travel ban, a border wall, and other immigration enforcement issues.
Trump tweeted his decision to fire Priebus as he landed in Washington after an event in NY in which he lavishly praised Kelly’s performance at Homeland Security.
President Donald Trump named John Kelly as his new Chief of Staff on July 28, ousting Reince Priebus.
President Donald Trump’s decision to replace Reince Priebus as chief of staff deepened the concerns of some Republican state party officials over the direction of the White House.
“Reince is a [expletive] paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac”, Scaramucci told the New Yorker.
Trump also tweeted at Priebus to thank him for his service.
Trump has ruffled feathers with off-message tweets, his handling of the Russian Federation investigation, the firing James Comey as FBI director (arguably his most high-profile political miscue) and his public shaming of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which has turned many congressional Republicans on the president. In 2012, Trump, taking to Twitter, criticized President Barack Obama for his “3 Chief of Staffs in less than 3 years”. “I’ve been obviously talking to the President for a few days about this. the President was great”.
The pick was unexpected for many in the Trump campaign who saw Priebus as the embodiment of the Washington Republican establishment Trump had defeated in the primaries, and Trump and Priebus did not always see eye-to eye. “General Kelly has been a star”. Kushner has described him to associates as the kind of figure he’d like to see have more say in the administration.
For one thing, Priebus was among the advisers who had to persuade Trump not to drop out of the presidential debates. “I wish (Trump) would not allow problems to be created because of untimely and inappropriate comments coming from a number of different places”.
Priebus resigned privately on Thursday.
Another Republican close to the White House echoed that sentiment, saying the collapse of health care has likely heightened the urgency of Priebus’ departure, giving Trump more cover to push Priebus out.
Priebus said he had offered his resignation on Thursday and the president accepted.
Trump’s first White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, resigned last week with the news that Scaramucci was being brought on as communications director. Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon reportedly urged Trump against hiring Scaramucci. And, you know, the president was great.
Kelly is a 45-year Marine Corps veteran. “I think it’s healthy, and I support him in it”.
Anthony Scaramucci will not draw a White House salary, he told CNN Friday.