Breaking: Reince Priebus ousted as WH chief of staff — this is who is replacing him

Breaking: Reince Priebus ousted as WH chief of staff — this is who is replacing him
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has been replaced by John Kelly. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Friday announced that retired Marine Gen. John Kelly — who has been serving as secretary of homeland security — would be replacing White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Trump on Twitter wrote, “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.”

Tipping his hat to Priebus, Trump added, “I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!”

The latest White House shakeup came on the heels of newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s apparent ire toward Priebus.

Scaramucci on Thursday clarified a Wednesday tweet in which he appeared to accuse Priebus of leaking a financial disclosure document belonging to Scaramucci — one that is available to the public — and said that he was simply identifying Priebus as the source, and not the target, of the tweet.

“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and @TheJusticeDept,” Scaramucci tweeted.

Scaramucci later deleted the tweet, and issued a follow up in which he attempted to clarify what he meant.

“Tweet was public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks,” Scaramucci said.

Scaramucci appeared on Thursday’s airing of CNN’s “New Day” to respond to allegations that the White House staff was on shaky ground, but his comments did little to dispel the rumors that continue to plague the administration.

“Now, if you want to talk about the chief of staff, we have had odds, we have had differences,” Scaramucci said. “When I said [Priebus and I] were brothers from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other.”

Calling Priebus a “dear friend,” he doubled down on his “brothers” remarks — and compared them to biblical brothers, Cain and Abel. Abel was ultimately killed by Cain, according to the book.

Thursday saw Scaramucci eviscerate Priebus in an expletive-laden rant.

Scaramucci apparently contacted a reporter for The New Yorker, and let loose on Priebus.

“What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over,” Scaramucci told The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza.

“I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves,” he continued. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”

“I’ve asked people not to leak things for a period of time and give me a honeymoon period,” he added. “They won’t do it.”

“They’ll all be fired by me,” Scaramucci continued. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.”

“Reince is a f**king paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” he claimed, and then spoke in a mocking representation of Priebus. “‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f*cking thing and see if I can c**k-block these people the way I c**k-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’”

CNN and Fox News both reported on Friday after the news broke that Priebus “secretly” resigned from his post as chief of staff on Thursday.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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