President Trump Dumps Chief of Staff Priebus, Installs Ret. Gen. Kelly [VIDEO]

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The White House intrigue just keeps getting heavier by the day. Yesterday, it was announced that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus resigned and that Ret. General Kelly would take his place. Kelly was heading up DHS and will now shift to the White House. Priebus actually resigned Thursday, but it wasn’t announced until yesterday when President Trump tweeted it. Trump decided on the change two weeks ago according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The White House drama unfolded after new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci attacked Priebus, accusing him of being the leaker in the White House. Scaramucci’s profanity laden tirade against the former RNC chairman was colorful to say the least. In it, Scaramucci bragged that Priebus would be out of a job soon and that is exactly what happened. He also said that after firing one White House aide, that there were three or four more on the chopping block and he threatened to fire everyone if it didn’t stop.

But what probably did Priebus in was the horrific failure of the Republicans to repeal Obamacare. That was the last straw. He didn’t deliver and neither did Mitch McConnell. His fate was tied to the repeal and he failed. President Trump doesn’t like failure and therefore, Priebus was done for. He had a rocky tenure as it was and never had the faith of the cabinet or really even the ear of the President.

“The president wanted to go in a different direction. I support him in that, and, like I said a couple weeks ago, I said the president has a right to change directions,” Priebus said in an interview on CNN. He claimed there was no ill will between him and President Trump and it was the greatest honor of his life to have served under him. Priebus claims to have discussed possible replacements with Trump for his position. After announcing Kelly, Trump tweeted thanks to his outgoing adviser “for his service and dedication to his country.”

Priebus’ time served as Chief of Staff is one of the shortest in history… only 190 days. However, it is not unusual for a President to go through multiple Chiefs of Staff. Barack Obama had five of them.

General Kelly will begin his service in the position on Monday. He is a retired four-star Marine general and has done a spectacular job at DHS. He has reduced the number of illegal immigrants flowing into the country by over 50 percent. Trump considers him “a true star.” Kelly had this to say: “I have been fortunate to have served my country for more than 45 years – first as a Marine and then as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,” Kelly said in a statement. “I am honored to be asked to serve as the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States.”

Kelly will be the gatekeeper to the President, however, it is rumored that Scaramucci will not answer to him, but directly to the President. The appointment also reflects the President’s deep concern over the leaks in the White House. In an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press” in May, Kelly said leaking intelligence information is “darn close to treason.”

Priebus’ departure, however, is not all love and respect. It’s being reported by Politico that right after the announcement, his motorcade literally dumped him. Of course, this is the mainstream media we are talking about, so judge for yourself. The Washington Post also says that Priebus had left because the internal discord at the White House had become “unsustainable” and because he felt President Donald Trump’s treatment towards him was demeaning. Again, take with a boulder of salt.

The Post described Priebus’ departure as “a humiliating coda for what had been a largely demeaning tenure during which he endured regular belittling from rival advisers – and even, at times, the president himself.” One Republican strategist dubbed the incident as “the red wedding,” referring to a mass-murder episode of “Game of Thrones” on HBO, the Post reports.

Whatever actually happened, Priebus is now gone and Kelly is in. We’ll see how this shakes out over the next few weeks.

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