Jul 28, 2017
The White House announced Friday afternoon that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had resigned amid mounting tensions. Some reports indicate that Priebus "privately resigned yesterday," and Reuterswas told by an anonymous official that "Trump informed Priebus two weeks ago that he would be replacing him as White House chief of staff."
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly would take Priebus's place.
\u201cBy putting Gen John Kelly in charge, Pres Trump is militarizing the White House & putting our executive branch in the hands of an extremist.\u201d— Rep. Barbara Lee (@Rep. Barbara Lee) 1501276311
The resignation came just a day after a profanity-laced interview with new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was published in The New Yorker. Scaramucci launched insults at senior Trump advisors as well as Priebus, calling the then-chief of staff a "paranoid schizophrenic" and accusing him of leaking information to the press.
The New York Timessummarized the events preceding Priebus's resignation:
In barely half a year on the job, Mr. Priebus never won the full confidence of the president nor was granted the authority to impose a working organizational structure on the West Wing. Always seeming to be on the edge of ouster, Mr. Priebus saw his fate finally sealed a week ago when Mr. Trump hired Mr. Scaramucci, an edgy Wall Street financier, over the chief of staff's objections. Mr. Priebus's ally, Sean Spicer, the press secretary, resigned in protest.
Reporters and commentators reacted to the news of Priebus's resignation Friday afternoon:
\u201cReince Priebus was the shortest-serving White House chief of staff in American history, edging out Ken Duberstein.\u201d— David Weigel (@David Weigel) 1501275736
\u201cReince Priebus' exit indicates the full decline in the White House of the RNC-led Washington wing. https://t.co/I4bB7JPxzz\u201d— NPR (@NPR) 1501276960
\u201cFirings/Resignations under Trump\n\u2014Yates\n\u2014Flynn\n\u2014Walsh\n\u2014Bharara\n\u2014Comey\n\u2014Dubke\n\u2014Shaub\n\u2014Corralo\n\u2014Spicer\n\u2014Short\n\u2014Priebus\nhttps://t.co/MvrUXwtyFt\u201d— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1501277933
Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.
We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.