NEW YORK (WWLP) – NBC News reported that President Donald Trump on Friday announced Homeland Security Head John Kelly as Chief of Staff, ousting Reince Priebus.
President Trump took to his favorite social media platform to name a new Chief of Staff.
President Trump spoke about the switch Friday after Air Force One landed at Joint Base Andrews.
“Reince is a good man,” President Trump said. “John Kelly will do a fantastic job. General Kelly has been a star. Done an incredible job thus far. Respected by everybody – a great, great American. Reince Priebus is a good man.”
Kelly is a retired four-star Marine general who the President usually credits for dramatically reducing the number of undocumented immigrants coming into the country from Mexico.
The president referred to Kelly as “a true star” in a tweet announcing Kelly’s appointment.
In a separate tweet, the President thanked Priebus for his service.
Priebus resigned privately on Thursday.
This comes after newly named White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci attacked Priebus in a profane interview published on Thursday.
NBC News said Priebus’s fate was tied to the Republican congressional effort to repeal Obamacare, which failed, but there was speculation about his future after the President hired Anthony Scarmucci as his Communications Director.
The two are rumored to have a contentious relationship.