P:riebus, the former Republican National Committee head, was the frequent target of rumors about his job security, the victim of a long whisper campaign by Trump allies and the subject of a remarkable public rebuke this week by the new White House communications director.
Following President Donald Trump's announcement on Friday that Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly would replace Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff, members of the administration, lawmakers and other politicians offered their thoughts on the West Wing shake-up. "Change is good. He wanted to go in a different direction".
Priebus' resignation follows days of newly appointed Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci deriding Priebus online and in the press, accusing the former White House official of leaking to reporters. His selection as secretary of the agency bolstered concerns about an increase in military influence in a Trump White House.
Priebus has been under fire for months, seeing one White House ally after another resign or leave, culminating in the departure of press secretary Sean Spicer a week ago.
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In his previous role as RNC chairman, he acted as a bridge between the Republican nominee and a party establishment that was often uncomfortable with its own presidential standard-bearer.
Secretary Kelly has earned respect and admiration from both sides of the aisle and will be a tremendous asset to the President as Chief of Staff.
Priebus' appointment was announced alongside Steve Bannon's, the former Breitbart editor in chief who was appointed chief strategist.
Kelly was the fifth person to lead the Department of Homeland Security, which includes agencies that protect the president, respond to disasters, enforce immigration laws, protect the nation's coastlines and secure air travel.
As word spread about Priebus' dismissal, some reporters got up close to Priebus' vehicle, taking cell photos and such. On it, Trump was caught on tape bragging about grabbing women "by the p****", because "when you're a star, they let you do anything".
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At one point before the final vote, Trump called Pence, who handed the phone to McCain, a source briefed on the call told CNN . In an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press" in May, Kelly said leaking intelligence information is "darn close to treason".
He also phoned a reporter to unleash a profanity-filled rant against Mr Priebus, whom he called a "paranoid schizophrenic".
The fact that Priebus is the one who is out certainly lends credence to the idea that the NY contingent, which believes in letting Trump be Trump, is ascendant in the White House.
Reince Priebus said he resigned as White House chief of staff on Thursday. "I support him in that", he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room".
In a typical White House, most staffers, including the communications director, report to the chief of staff. For example, as a spat between Bannon and Kushner spilled out into the open in April, Priebus worked to arrange a détente at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, according to a senior White House official familiar with the internal strife. But the tornado of Trump only got stronger, and no amount of plywood and nails would keep the house in order.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus may have little left of his job but his title. The Senate confirmed him as major general in 2007.
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Pence also congratulated Kelly, writing, "I know you will do a great job!"