Trump made the announcement via Twitter shortly after returning to Washington from a speech in Long Island, N.Y. The president's now-former chief of staff Reince Priebus reportedly tendered his resignation on Thursday, but accompanied Trump to NY on Friday. He's a great great American.
Trump tweeted that Kelly "has been a true star of my administration".
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Priebus says he supports the president and that he's "doing great" personally.
He obliquely accused Priebus of being the source of White House leaks that have been a source of constant irritation to the president. Some Trump allies thought that Priebus' longtime relationships with Republicans on Capitol Hill, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, also from Wisconsin, should have ensured the bill's passage. "We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him".
Kelly is his new White House chief of staff. And I think he's right. He attributes this lack of loyalists to former Chief-of-Staff Reince Preibus.
The move followed months of on-again, off-again speculation that Priebus would soon be ousted from an administration where he has consistently drawn heavy criticism for failing to stem the flow of leaks and struggled to impose a sense of order in a chaotic White House beset by controversies. In an 88-11 vote, the Senate confirmed Mr Kelly as Homeland Security Secretary in January, putting him in charge of the administration's policies on issues including immigration, cyber-security, countering domestic terrorism and aviation security.
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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".
"The President has a right to change directions", he said on CNN. General Kelly has been a star, done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody, a great, great, American.
Preibus told CNN later Friday that he had tendered his resignation Thursday and that Trump had accepted it.
It's unclear what Lee's reservations are about General Kelly, a retired four-star general who was the recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit, among others, during his 40 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. I've seen it now for a year and a half on this wild ride with the president that I loved being a part of.
Priebus traveled with Trump earlier in the day to an appearance in Brentwood, New York.
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"General Kelly is a brilliant pick". However, the move had always been in the works, with one source telling the Guardian that Trump had decided on replacing Priebus with John Kelly two weeks ago.