Priebus says Trump sought a different direction

Rift between Trump staff aired in tweet

Other aides were left to wonder about their own future.

Scaramucci was appointed the new White House Communication Director on July 21.

Trump has repeatedly praised Kelly for his operation of homeland security, including tighter border controls and a travel ban from six Muslim countries that is now the subject of a lawsuit.

"At one point, during a meeting in the Oval Office, a fly began buzzing overhead, distracting the president", reports The Post.

Priebus says he supports the president and that he's "doing great" personally. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also departed earlier this week. The "birther movement" that accused President Barack Obama of having a fraudulent birth certificate played a large role in growing Trump's name recognition across the country, especially in conservative corners. They included public White House feuds - which the president himself fueled with tweets against his attorney general - and, more significantly, the failed drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

From day one, Priebus' power has been limited compared with past officials with his title.

More than anything, he served as the chief fundraiser for the Republican National Committee, a job he did very well.

It would appear that this different direction is John Kelly, Donald Trump's pick to replace Priebus.

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The president became convinced that Priebus was not strong enough to run the White House operation and told him two weeks ago that he wanted to make a change, according to White House officials.

The president had considered others for the job, including political operatives David Urban and Wayne Berman. Those orders have been stripped down by courts pending a Supreme Court review this fall.

Before taking over as secretary of homeland security, Kelly served in the top slot of the U.S. Southern Command, the Pentagon's area of responsibility focused on the Caribbean and South America.

Kelly is also well liked by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who sees him as a stable presence with a low key personality. Yet, just days after taking office, he had to lead the agency as it dealt with the chaos and confusion that ensued at airports in the USA and around the world.

Kelly also holds a somber distinction.

He was said to be frustrated over an alleged strategy by Mr Trump's lawyers to discredit or curb the investigation.

Kelly said he gets "occasional letters from Gold Star families who are asking, 'Was it worth it?' And I always go back with this: It doesn't matter".

Associated Press writers Catherine Lucey, Vivian Salama, Steve Peoples and Laurie Kellman contributed reporting.

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