Meet John F. Kelly, Donald Trump's new White House chief of staff

Laura Christensen
July 30, 2017

It is also reported Mr Trump's lead attorney Marc Kasowitz, who has represented the tycoon's interests for more than a decade, will also see his role reduced in relation to the Russian Federation inquiry. "One of our real stars", Trump said.

Priebus' hold on the White House job has always been in question, more so this week after Trump's new communications director badmouthed him to a reporter for the New Yorker. Press secretary Sean Spicer, a close ally of Priebus, resigned last week. He praised what he said was a "guy from Kenosha, Wisc. who revitalized the Republican National Committee and became White House chief of staff".

Reince Priebus has resigned his role as White House chief of staff, saying it had become clear that the U.S. president wanted to go in a different direction. Kelly, like other retired generals, impressed the president-elect, enough so that soon he'll leave his post atop the Department of Homeland Security to replace Priebus in the West Wing.

Kelly was appointed Secretary of Homeland Security on January 20.

Among the myriad of problems plaguing Trump's White House from the beginning have been the persistent - and often spontaneous - leaks to the media.

Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier, said Thursday in a television interview that he has a "very good idea who the senior leakers are", adding that he had talked to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and to his "buddies" in the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the matter.

"General John Kelly is one of the true stars of the Administration. He will begin on Monday morning and a cabinet meeting will follow his swearing in", Sanders said. He credited Priebus with revitalizing the RNC and served Trump as chief of staff "capably and passionately".

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About Priebus, he wrote, "I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. I think he's made a smart decision with General Kelly", he said.

Both Priebus and Scaramucci were traveling with the president on Air Force One to Long Island in NY. "And you know, the president was great". I want to thank the President for giving me this very special opportunity. "I can't think of a better person than Gen. John Kelly to succeed me, and I wish him God's blessings and great success", Priebus said.

The New York Times reported Friday, prior to Trump's announcement, that the President had "openly told people" he wanted "a general" in the chief of staff job.

Scaramucci appeared to suggest in a Twitter post late on Wednesday that Priebus may have had a hand in what Scaramucci described as a "leak" of his official financial disclosure documents to the US news organization Politico.

In fact, he chatted with Priebus repeatedly during the flight. What we know about this president is that he prefers more of a spokes-in-the-wheel structure where everyone has access to him and he's the keeper of all the information.

His expletive-laden tirade about his White House co-workers grated some in Trump's orbit, the same source said, calling the comments "embarrassing".

I did not have the sense - and by many accounts, lots of people didn't have the sense - that Reince Priebus was ever really able to fill that role, that the president really never just - never allowed him to fill that traditional role. Asked what Priebus said during the flight, King repeated: "Good poker face, showed nothing". Mooch has already made it plain that he only answers to the President himself, which kind of defeats the whole objective of having, you know, a Chief of STAFF. John Kelly is taking over a White House staff that is badly divided in competing faction (which is not unusual) and chaotic (which is). And I think that it was something that I think the White House needs. "When you lose that component, I'm just concerned about being able to get [the Republican] agenda done, particularly when there's so much going on staff-wise". Available on Android and IOS.

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