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Trump Fires White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, Names Replacement

U.S. President Donald Trump (L-R), joined by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSXTYV

US President Donald Trump has fired Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and replaced him with Homeland Security secretary John Kelly, the president announced on Twitter on Friday.

The president tweeted: “I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. 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 dismissal of Priebus came as little surprise after he was the subject of a furious attack by new communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who claimed he would be asked to resign imminently.

Trump had lost confidence in Priebus, privately questioning his competence and alluding to his weakness after major legislative items have failed to pass congress, someone close to Trump told Reuters news agency.

He had been under fire for weeks, seeing one White House ally after another resign or leave, culminating in the recent resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer.

A senior White House official told Reuters news agency that Trump had informed Priebus that he would be replacing him two weeks ago.



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