From BUSINESS INSIDER:
President Donald Trump on Friday replaced White House chief of staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
CNN reported that Priebus offered Trump his resignation on Thursday.
The episode marked the end of a weeklong saga involving Priebus and new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Priebus had worked hard to block Scaramucci’s appointment, but Trump decided to hire him anyway.
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Immediately after Scaramucci’s hiring, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced he was resigning. Spicer was Priebus’ closest White House ally based on both of their past work for the Republican National Committee.
As The New York Times reported Friday, Priebus was pushed out as Trump became convinced the chief of staff was not strong enough for the role.
Priebus joined Trump on Air Force One for Trump’s trip to Long Island, where he gave a speech focused on his administration’s efforts to fight the MS-13 street gang. Accompanying him on the flight was also Scaramucci, who had savaged Priebus in a New Yorker interview published less than 24 hours earlier.
In that interview, Scaramucci called Priebus a “f—— paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac” and said the chief of staff would be resigning soon.
Scaramucci had become incensed at Priebus on Wednesday after a Politico report detailed Scaramucci’s financial disclosure, which was publicly available from Scaramucci’s stint at the Export-Import Bank. Scaramucci, who did not know that at the time, had tweeted that the report was illegally leaked and said he was going to contact the FBI and the Justice Department. He also tagged Priebus in the now-deleted tweet and wrote #swamp.
The White House communications director then called The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza that same day because he was angered by a tweet from the reporter. That tweet cited a “senior White House official” who said Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with the president, first lady Melania Trump, former Fox News executive Bill Shine, and Fox News host Sean Hannity.
On Thursday night, The Washington Post reported that Scaramucci and his allies were compiling a diagram of news outlets they believe Priebus leaked information to, according to a White House official who discussed the plan of attack. The source said Scaramucci and his allies planned to present their findings to Trump on Friday.