Trump names John Kelly as new chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus

Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 5:21 PM EDT

Reince Priebus is out as White House chief of staff. President Trump announced on Twitter Friday Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly will be his replacement. 

It’s unclear who will replace Kelly as DHS secretary. 

The Friday afternoon announcement comes after a week of turmoil in the White House, in which the president’s new communications director Anthony Scaramucci assailed Priebus in a profanity-laced interview with the New Yorker

Priebus’ departure is not necessarily a surprise. Priebus has had a diminished profile in the White House for weeks, and the president hasn’t exactly expressed support for him. On Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to tell reporters whether the president still has confidence in his chief of staff. 

Priebus, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, represents the establishment Republican wing brought on in efforts to provide Washington know-how to a president with no experience holding public office. Other RNC allies brought aboard included White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Kate Walsh, former deputy White House chief of staff. Walsh is gone, and Spicer is on his way out. 

Priebus and Scaramucci have long been at odds. Scaramucci was originally angling for the chief of staff…

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