Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus with general Kelly

Sunday, 30 Jul, 2017

In his first on-camera interview since Donald Trump announced Gen. John Kelly would replace him as White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus refused to address Anthony Scaramucci's volatile comments about him on Thursday.

It is risky to task Kelly with whipping a dysfunctional White House mired in toxic internal feuds into shape.

"He is a Great American and a Great Leader", Trump said.

Before taking over as secretary of homeland security, Kelly served in the top slot of the U.S. Southern Command, the Pentagon's area of responsibility focused on the Caribbean and South America.

The biggest target of Scaramucci's attack: Reince Priebus.

In 2010, one of Kelly's sons, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, 29, was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2010 after stepping on a land mine, making Kelly he highest-ranking military officer to lose a child during the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Trump is calling Kelly "a true star" of the administration.

Kelly has a warm rapport with White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who has worked closely with him on shaping the administration's border enforcement policy.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted: "You may not be a "paranoiac" if they're actually out to get you".

Many Democrats joined Senate Republicans in confirming him to the position on an overwhelming basis, with 88 votes in favor.

"There's a way to handle it", Kelly's friend said.

"I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Secretary".

But Kelly has won bipartisan respect from lawmakers as a result of his distinguished military career.

What do people say about him?

Indeed, he has often admitted that he is uncomfortable with politics.

"Kelly probably likely has done this many times", Keane added. "He must now quickly replace Secretary Kelly with someone experienced and measured who understands that homeland security is not a partisan issue".

Scaramucci in subsequent television interviews said he wasn't sure if his spat with Priebus over leaks "is reparable or not, that will be up to the president".

Kelly admits that he did not get off on the best foot with Congress.

Describing what he called a war on news leaks from senior White House officials, Scaramucci on July 27 cited Priebus in connection with leaks of news stories damaging the president and his aides. "We take care of them in a way that is more than in my opinion what they deserve", he told troops at Guantanamo in November 2015.

Kelly's departure will leave an immediate vacancy at the department. "I used to think, when I'd go to all of my trips up to Bethesda, Walter Reed, I'll go to the funerals with the secretaries of defense, that I could somehow imagine what it would be like", Kelly said.

He later said he was concerned the U.S. was "close to a laughing stock" when it came to holding other countries to high ethical standards.