Reince Priebus out as White House Chief of Staff
President Trump tweeted at 3:49 PM Friday afternoon that he has named General John F Kelly as the White House Chief of Staff. The tweet went on to say that Kelly is a Great American and Great Leader.
Kelly is the current secretary of Homeland Security.
Kenosha native Reince Priebus has acted as the Chief of Staff since President Trump took office.
There have been allegations recently by White House Communications Director Scaramucci that Priebus has been behind some leaks in the White House that Scaramucci was trying to crack down on.
In a state tour on Friday Governor Walker said, "I actually know both of those guys. It’s unfortunate. I think the best thing for our state, certainly for the country, is just to have the team and the White House working on things like this [Foxconn]. If they’re focused on good things for the country and good things for states like Wisconsin we would be a lot better off.”
Priebus was with Trump earlier on Friday in an appearance in New York. Sources say he quietly resigned Thursday. Reince was the shortest serving White House Chief of Staff. He served 189 days which is 14 fewer than the next-shortest tenured Reagan's Ken Duberstein.
In a tweet at 4:00 PM President Trump said he wanted to thank Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. "We have accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!"
I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
...and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
Wisconsin State Assembly leader Robin Vos tweeted that he was very disappointed Reince won't be serving the White House any longer. "Dumb move by White House insiders struggling for influence."
Vos was Reince's former college roommate.
Senator Ron Johnson said, “Reince Priebus is a good friend. I thank him for his service and wish him the best of luck going forward. Secretary Kelly is an outstanding leader who has served his country honorably and I know he will do an excellent job at the White House. I look forward to working with the administration as they choose a new leader for the Department of Homeland Security.”