WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Gen. John F. Kelly is his new White House chief of staff.
That means Reince Priebus is out. Priebus, 45, became a target of Trump’s ire shortly into his term as White House chief of staff.
Trump has consistently applied pressure on Priebus and reportedly given him various deadlines to get a tumultuous White House in order.
Priebus came under even more scrutiny recently when Trump brought on financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Former press secretary Sean Spicer, one of Priebus’ allies in the White House, left after Scaramucci’s hiring.
Scaramucci created a White House spectacle Thursday following his Wednesday night tweet accusing someone of leaking a financial disclosure document that is publicly available. Scaramucci tagged Priebus in the tweet, but he later denied that he was identifying Priebus as the source.
Trump tweeted earlier today: “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.”
Kelly is currently the secretary of Homeland Security.
Trump tweeted that Kelly “has been a true star of my administration.”
Gen. John Francis Kelly is the current Secretary of Homeland Security. He is a retired United States Marine Corps general and the former commander of United States Southern Command, the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Kelly previously served as the commanding general of the Multi-National Force—West in Iraq from February 2008 to February 2009, and as the commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North in October 2009 and later commander of U.S. Southern Command until 2016.
Priebus traveled with Trump earlier in the day to an appearance in Brentwood, New York. Trump thanked him for his service and “dedication to his country.”
This is a breaking news alert, more details will be added as they become available.
CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk contributed to this report.