Trump Tweets He is Naming Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as Chief of Staff, Ousting Reince Priebus

(FOX NEWS) – President Trump announced Friday that he is naming Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as his new White House chief of staff, ousting Reince Preibus.

The president made the announcement on Twitter.


Kelly is a retired Marine general, formerly commanded the United States Southern Command.

Priebus traveled with Trump earlier in the day to an appearance in Brentwood, New York. Trump thanked him for his service and “dedication to his country.”

The shake-up follows the abrupt resignation of White House press secretary Sean Spicer one week ago. Spicer quit after Trump named Anthony Scaramucci the new White House communications director, who immediately began clashing with Priebus.

Both Priebus and Spicer worked together at the Republican National Committee before joining the administration.

In another tweet on Friday, Trump expressed his appreciation for Priebus, who became chief of staff at the beginning of the administration.

“I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country,” the president tweeted. “We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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