Reince Priebus Gives First Post-Resignation Interview to Wolf Blitzer

30 July, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • President Donald Trump talks with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly during commencement exercises at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London Conn. Trump named Kelly as his new Chief of Staff on July 28 ousting Reince Priebus

The announcement comes a day after White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci slammed Priebus in a profanity-laced rant to New Yorker magazine.

When Trump took office, he named Kelly as Homeland Security secretary.

During the interview, Scaramucci said that he was not seeking media attention in his White House role. Republicans needed a strong president with a clear vision.

While there were no defenders for Preibus in the White House, one official, according to Politico, described the incident as a "bump in the road for Scaramucci", saying "there was no expectation that Trump will be inflamed by it".

"The president has a right to change direction, the president has a right to hit a reset button", Priebus continued. But he intuitively determined that it was time to do something differently. That's a highly unusual arrangement for a communications director and a possible reflection that Priebus' standing with Trump is often uncertain.

Scaramucci repeatedly insinuated to reporters that Priebus was a major source of White House leaks.

With a retired general in charge of his White House now, the president hopes to bring in some discipline and end the current mess inside the White House.Later in a statement, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Kelly would begin his new responsibility Monday morning.

"John Kelly is a great American". Although a chief of staff's duties vary from president to president, they usually serve as a liaison between the president and Congress, manage other members of the cabinet, develop legislative strategies and in general, do the president's grunt work.

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During his CNN interview, Scaramucci groused that details of his White House dinner with Trump and some of Scaramucci's former colleagues at Fox News Channel had become public. He had hoped to stay on at least a year but struggled to manage his unpredictable boss and was unable to get a handle on conflicting factions in the White House who have frequently squabbled.

Trump, however, is yet to roll out his catchphrase "You're fired!" and Sessions said that while the president's comments were "kind of hurtful", he would continue to serve.

"I just had a good conversation with General Kelly and the president, and I think you may know, I've been obviously talking to the president for a few days about this and ultimately I formally resigned [Thursday]".

When Blitzer pressed Priebus on if Trump tried to talk him out of quitting, Priebus said, "No, we talked about it." .

He was mostly Trump's liaison with the Republican establishment from which he came - not chief of staff in the classic sense. 'He has achieved so much, and he has done it all with class.

"I think it reflects poorly on Reince that he didn't take my offer to come in and be our chief operating officer, but I say that in jest obviously", Scaramucci said at the briefing.

Another day, another drama at the White House. Scaramucci later deleted that tweet and said he had only mentioned Priebus to show that all senior leaders are taking leaks seriously.



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