Donald Trump replaces Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with General John Kelly

Sunday, 30 Jul, 2017

READ: Who Is Reince Priebus? He didn't sound too disappointed about that in an interview tonight on CNN. He's - well, hang on a second. "Reince Priebus - if you want to leak something - he'll be asked to resign very shortly". I think he was right to hit the reset button.

The difference now, he said, is that Trump has created a faction-driven White House, noting: "I just think he has too many independent power centers and not enough team players". "We talk all the time about this subject".

GEOFF BENNETT, BYLINE: Hey, Kelly.

BENNETT: Well, he tweeted.

Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said he was "doing great" and dispelled rumors that he resigned under pressure after an extraordinary week in the Oval Office. "He is a Great American and a Great Leader", Trump tweeted.

Trump announced Friday that he named General John Kelly as his new Chief of Staff.

The President controls the message in any administration, and Trump's inability to stay disciplined and focused on an agenda means that this White House lives in a world of daily presidential sabotage. Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon reportedly urged Trump against hiring Scaramucci. Scaramucci suggested to Lizza that Priebus had leaked information about him. And then there was that stunning takedown of him in that expletive-laden interview he gave to The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza. The White House press secretary would not explicitly say that the White House or the president, for that matter, had confidence in Reince Priebus. General Kelly has been a star, done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody. 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.

"We didn't even know it". "I'm not going to get into the mud on those kind of things".

El secretario general de la Casa Blanca Reince Priebus habla con algunas personas en el Salón Este de la residencia presidencial, el 26 de julio de 2017.

Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary and new White House chief of staff John Kelly is thanking the staff at DHS for the opportunity to serve as their secretary.

His exit appeared inevitable when Trump did not intervene as his new communications director Anthony Scaramucci publicly described Priebus as a "paranoid schizophrenic".

I'll tell you one thing, the next guy who should be anxious about their job is Steve Bannon.

It was the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, however, that broke the camel's back. "They've got to get this sorted out between the two of them, and it would be nice if they didn't do it in public", he said.

Lizza then posted a tweet, writing, "In case there's any ambiguity in his tweet, I can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Reince for leaking".

Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary under George W. Bush, said there are multiple ways to effectively run the White House. Those who have departed include former deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh, outgoing press secretary Sean Spicer and press aide Michael Short.

MCEVERS: NPR's Geoff Bennett, thank you.