Trump replaces chief of White House staff

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PV International Desk : US President Donald Trump has named General John Kelly, who currently heads the Department of Homeland Security, as his next chief of staff.

The announcement, made on Twitter on Friday afternoon (July 28), removes Reince Priebus from the role.

The embattled former chief of staff had faced pressure since being named as a possible leaker by Trump’s newly appointed director of communication.

Priebus told CNN he resigned on Thursday (July 27) after talking with Trump.

“The president wanted to go in a different direction,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, adding that he thought Gen Kelly was “a brilliant pick”.

Anthony Scaramucci, who was appointed communications director one week ago, had accused Priebus – a Republican Party stalwart – of leaking to the press.

He also phoned a reporter to unleash a profanity-filled rant against Priebus, whom he called a “paranoid schizophrenic”.

Gen Kelly is a retired general who has become the face of border security.

In a series of tweets just before 17:00 (22:00 GMT) on Friday, the president praised the former Marine Corp general as a “great American” and a “great leader”.