Kelly 'honored' to serve as new White House chief of staff

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Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in an interview on Fox News said he offered to resign and that he was not asked to resign hours after President Donald Trump replaced him after only six months on the job, installing retired General John Kelly in his place in a major shake-up of his top team.

He led the Southern Command, where he oversaw US military operations in South and Central America, including the southern border, and he formed a tough immigration stance.

"I want to congratulate John Kelly, who has done an incredible job of Secretary of Homeland Security".

Aside from being in lockstep with Trump on immigration matters, he has also sided with the president on sensitive issues, such as leaks, which have riled the administration on multiple occasion.

Lee posted the message mere moments after Trump announced Kelly would be replacing Reince Priebus, who was ousted from the chief of staff position on Friday.

About Priebus, he wrote, "I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country".

"The president has the right to hit the reset button and I support him", Preibus told CNN.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. Trump also tweeted his thanks to Priebus. Though Priebus forged an uneasy truce with his former foe Bannon, powerful White House aides Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, were both supportive of Kelly's hire.

"Reince is a good man", Trump told reporters as he left the aircraft. I will continue to serve as a strong supporter of the President's agenda and policies.

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Trump has yet to say who he plans to nominate to take Kelly's place atop the Department of Homeland Security. "Deidre is not a fan of Trump", the source said. General Kelly has been a star.

Spicer got ahead of the game by quitting and Priebus apparently figured he could buy time.

On Thursday evening, The New Yorker posted an interview with Scaramucci that included a vulgarity-laced tirade against Priebus.

Priebus accompanied Trump on Air Force One for a day trip to Long Island as his fate was being decided.

Before Spicer and Priebus, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned in February over allegations of improper contacts with Russian Federation, and former White House Communications Director Mike Dubke resigned in May.

Priebus's departure shakes up the balance of power around Trump, whose inner circle includes chief strategist Steve Bannon; National Economic Director Gary Cohn; Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law; Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, a White House official; and now Scaramucci.

Scaramucci has openly accused Priebus of leaking inside information to the press and threatened to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice to shore up the leaks.

However, Kelly has clashed with congressional Democrats in recent months because he has indicated that the Trump administration was unlikely to continue the Obama-era deferred action for childhood arrivals program that protects certain eligible youth from deportation if they were brought to the US illegally by their parents. "We'll be working on a transition", he said.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, a frequent Trump critic, welcomed Kelly as "one of the strongest and most natural leaders I've ever known".

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