Reince Priebus: Trump 'wanted to go a different direction'

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Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) posted to Twitter on Friday that the hiring of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to the position signals a "militarizing of the White House, ' adding that the president is putting an 'extremist" at the helm of the administration.

"He is a Great American and a Great Leader", Trump said.

Buckley also said White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is a good move, even after his highly publicized rant this week against Reince Preibus to the New Yorker. Mr. Trump posted the tweets from Air Force One on his way back to the White House from NY. Mr Priebus travelled with Mr Trump on Friday to an appearance in Brentwood, New York, where the president thanked him for his service and "dedication to his country".

Mr Priebus said he had offered his resignation on Thursday and the president accepted.

Priebus' appointment was announced alongside Steve Bannon's, the former Breitbart editor in chief who was appointed chief strategist.

The Republicans' inability to undo the Affordable Care Act - one of Trump's central campaign promises - was the "final straw for Priebus", another person close to the administration told NBC. "When you go through thick and thin together, you get to know people really well, and he's a good man, and I was honored to be able to serve him". After sending - and deleting - a tweet essentially accusing Priebus of being a leaker and stating he was sending the Federal Bureau of Investigation after him, things got even nuttier when the New Yorker published an interview with Scaramucci.

"I think it was time to hit the reset button", he said.

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"Reince is a f***ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac", Mr Scaramucci told New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza.

His national security team، including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson، were also described by sources as frustrated with their treatment by the White House.

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

Reince Priebus's departure as chief of staff marks the latest and most significant step in the White House purge of party loyalists closely tied to the Republican national committee.

Priebus made a decision to go on CNN for his first interview hours after Trump announced he was being replaced.

Kelly is a retired Marine Corps general and could bring military-style discipline to a White House undercut by insider quarrels. In an 88-11 vote, the Senate confirmed Mr Kelly as Homeland Security Secretary in January, putting him in charge of the administration's policies on issues including immigration, cyber-security, countering domestic terrorism and aviation security. "I think he was right to hit the reset button", he said.

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