President Donald Trump replaced his White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus on Friday, installing retired General John Kelly in his place.
Trump announced the move in a tweet a day after his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, accused Priebus of leaking information to reporters in a profanity-laced tirade.
Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in an interview on Fox News said he offered to resign and that he was not asked to resign hours after President Donald Trump replaced him after only six months on the job, installing retired General John Kelly in his place in a major shake-up of his top team.
Reince Priebus said “But I’m feeling good about the fact that he’s making a change that makes him comfortable with moving forward. You know we had a good talk yesterday, I resigned, he accepted it and then we started working together and talking quite a few times about who would be a great pick to come in here and be the chief of staff
“I can’t think of anyone better than a four star General John Kelly who is a good, decent, tough guy who is exactly the type of person the president needs. So I’m happy for him. I think actually going a different direction, hitting a reset button is a good thing and the president did that and so I think he’s happy.”
Kelly, 67, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, is currently secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and will assume the chief of staff post on Monday.
He was hired with the goal of bringing more discipline to the White House, a senior White House official said.
Trump issued his decision just as he landed aboard Air Force One after a visit to Long Island and hours after Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare failed in the Senate.