WASHINGTON, D.C. (ALBOENEWS)— News broke late Friday afternoon from President Donald Trump’s twitter account that General John Kelly had been appointed as White House Chief of Staff, signaling the firing of Reince Priebus.
Priebus had been rumored to be on the hot seat following comments by new White House Communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s comments published on Thursday, calling Priebus, amongst other things, “a f*cking paranoid schizophrenic.”
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Donald Trump: “I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country.” (5:02 p.m. ET)
It appears that Priebus was put into a separate car from the rest of White House staff while departing from Air Force 1, then the Suburban broke off from the rest of the motorcade. (5:13 p.m. ET)
According to multiple sources, Priebus resigned Thursday privately. (5:33 p.m. ET)
A Department of Homeland Security spokesman has stated that the DHS has not received word on who the acting Secretary of Homeland Security is. (6:03 p.m. ET)
According to multiple sources, Elaine Duke will be acting Secretary of Homeland Security going forward. (6:53 p.m. ET)
In his interview on CNN, Reince Priebus confirmed that “Ultimately I formally resigned yesterday.” Stated that he and the President discussed a change in direction for the administration, and Priebus offered his resignation. In the interview, Priebus says there are “no ill-will feelings.” (7:01 p.m. ET)