Trump took to social media network Twitter to publicize his decision. “I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff,” he 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 president decided his remarks by wishing Priebus well: “I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I proud of him!” He did not provide a reason for firing Priebus.
Reince Priebus told CNN that he resigned on Thursday, July 27, after a dynamic conversation with Trump. “This is about the president. This is about moving his agenda forward. I think he’s made a smart decision with General Kelly, and I think he’s going to do a great job and I’m looking forward to the future.”
Priebus also said that there is no “ill will” over his letter of resignation. “I’m always going to be a Trump fan. I’m on team Trump, and I look forward to helping him achieve his goals and his agenda for the American people,” he said.
The broadcast comes one week after Anthony Scaramucci was hired as Communications Director. According to reports, Priebus opposed the selection, as did Sean Spicer, who then resigned as press secretary in what many thought to be an act of protest. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has since been appointed as Spicer’s replacement.
Scaramucci featured the headlines earlier this week for inquiring whether Priebus was behind several recent White House leaks. “Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he’ll be asked to leave very shortly,” the latest addition to Trump’s administration said in an explosive phone conversation with a New Yorker reporter.
In May, Trump also fired James Comey as FBI director.