Trump names Gen. John Kelly as new chief of staff

President Trump announced in a pair of tweets Friday that he has replaced Reince Priebus with retired Gen. John Kelly as the new White House chief of staff.
By Jose Jefferies | Aug 03, 2017
President Trump announced in a pair of tweets Friday that he has replaced Reince Priebus with retired Gen. John Kelly as the new White House chief of staff.

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

The new appointment comes on the heels of a phone call by Trump's new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, to Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker in which he unloaded on Priebus in a profanity-laced rant, calling him a "paranoid schizophrenic," accusing him of leaking, and saying he would soon be asked to resign.

Scaramucci also posted a tweet, which he later deleted, tagging Priebus and warning he would be contacting the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate "illegal" leaking.

"I want to thank the President for giving me this very special opportunity," said Priebus, in a statement Friday, as reported by ABC News. "I will continue to serve as a strong supporter of the President's agenda and policies. I can't think of a better person than General John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success."

Kelly is a retired four-star Marine general who has been serving as Secretary of Homeland Security.

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