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 Reuters was 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.
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 Times summarized the events preceding Priebus’s resignation:
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Reporters and commentators reacted to the news of Priebus’s resignation Friday afternoon:
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