John Kelly, Trump's new chief of staff, 'won't suffer idiots and fools'

John Kelly, Trump's new chief of staff, 'won't suffer idiots and fools'

Reince Priebus, who was replaced on Friday as White House chief of staff, is the latest in a string of officials who have left or been pushed out of U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.

It's official: Reince Priebus, Donald Trump's beleaguered chief of staff, is out.

Kelly enjoyed bipartisan support, and was credited in his tenure as secretary of Homeland Security for reducing illegal border crossings and enforcing travel bans targeting citizens of six Muslim countries. "John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security", Trump said in a series of tweets.

"I want to congratulate John Kelly, who has done an incredible job of secretary of homeland security", Trump said. "Truly one of our stars". "He has been a true star of my Administration", Trump said of Kelly in a series of tweets Friday.

Priebus, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, lost his job just hours after the president's signature drive to repeal his predecessor's health care program collapsed on the Senate floor and a day after an ugly feud with the new communications director erupted in a public airing of the deep animosities plaguing the White House.

It also comes a week after Trump hired Wall Street businessman Anthony Scaramucci, a move that sparked a long-rumored shake-up among the president's top aides. "I can't think of a better person than General John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success", Priebus said.

Priebus never could bring a semblance of order to the team of in-fighting rivals that populate Trump's West Wing, and questions about his future have long swirled around the office.




Trump announced the switch on Twitter after a trip to NY, on which he was accompanied by Priebus.

Priebus and Spicer were supposed to serve as bridges to the Republican Party and the US Congress, for a president who came to town not just as a Washington outsider, but nominally at least, as a Republican candidate who railed against the GOP constantly.

Michael Short - senior White House assistant press secretary, resigned on Tuesday.

Spicer got ahead of the game by quitting and Priebus apparently figured he could buy time.

The demeaning treatment played a role in Priebus leaving. On Thursday, he went on television and dared Priebus to deny leaking and described the two of them as Cain and Abel, the biblical brothers whose rivalry results in one killing the other. She said it had nothing to do with Scaramucci. Priebus had tried unsuccessfully to block Scaramucci's hiring. This week, it seems, Scaramucci is doing all three. Apparently Ball is not quite as sold on the Washington political lifestyle as Scaramucci, 53.

Another anonymous source claims clashing loyalties toward the commander-in-chief caused tension. When Lizza wouldn't tell him, Scaramucci threatened to fire all of the White House staff. Trump said of his outgoing chief of staff.

If Trump genuinely believed all that, Priebus would not have been made to make a humiliating retreat into the torrential rain then sheeting across the capital through the afternoon.

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