Report: Reince Priebus ousted, and Trump already has his replacement

Things are changing fast and furious at the White House. First Anthony Scaramucci is hired to head up Communications, then Sean Spicer resigns.

And now Reince Priebus is out after an embroiled week in Washington D.C.

From NBC News:

President Donald Trump on Friday removed his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and tapped Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for the job.

The stunning shakeup comes the day after newly named White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci attacked Preibus in profane terms in an interview published Thursday and also follows the failure of Republicans in Congress to repeal Obamacare.

What is the White House’s primary explanation for this significant personnel change? Apparently not the Scaramucci debacle but instead something else that happened that day: the healthcare failure.

Preibus’ fate was largely tied to the fate of the GOP effort on health care, a source close to the White House told NBC News.

“He failed,” the source said. 

The position needed to be filled immediately to keep the White House running efficiently, and Trump did not make anyone wait, announcing that Gen. John Kelly, current head of DHS, would be taking his position.

NBC News has more:


From all angles this looks like an excellent move. Gen. Kelly has plenty of experience stepping into new situations and taking command over large amounts of staff. And hopefully Scaramucci is right: this could be the end to the constant leaks from the White House.

Priebus has gotten a lot done with Trump, but his tenure has been short and his inability to keep the White House leaks at bay has led to plenty of chaos.  He was already a political pick, eyed since he helped Trump sew up the nomination in 2016 and bring the party together.

What do you think – has Trump made a good pick? Who will be a good replacement at DHS? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: NBC News

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