Reince Priebus out as Trump's Chief of Staff

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That announcement was tweeted out from Air Force One as Priebus was still waiting on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews after accompanying the President to Long Island, New York for an aggressive anti-gang speech.

The former White House chief of staff insisted in a Friday night interview that his ouster by President Donald Trump "is actually a good thing". He is a great American ... and a great leader. He said he had tendered his resignation to the President on Thursday, the same day the newly-appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was quoted vowing to force the Chief of Staff out. Those questions sharply escalated this week with the arrival of Trump's new communications director, who was hired over Priebus' objections and reports directly to the president.

"I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country", the President wrote on Twitter. "I can't think of a better person than General John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success", he said.

When pressed by Blitzer on why he resigned from the role, Priebus responded, "I'm not going to get into that personal stuff". "Reince is a good man".

This would not be Nielsen's first time working in the White House.

Two sources familiar with the situation said Trump's family - including daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, among the President's most trusted advisers - had lost faith in Priebus.

"There's a lot of different ways to communicate, back channel publicly with other countries", Kelly said.

Kelly is now the secretary of Homeland Security.

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In truth, Mr Trump had always been suspicious and disappointed with Mr Priebus, and there had been speculation about him being ousted nearly since he took the job earlier this year - having moved over from the Republican National Committee where he was chairman.

At one point during the call, Mr Scaramucci called Mr Priebus a "f***ing paranoid schizophrenic".

Priebus, who was brought on by the outsider President in large part because of his Washington relationships, also wound up carrying a hefty share of the blame for the White House's legislative stumbles. The entire Administration loves him and no one is comparable.

That means Reince Priebus is out. Will Kelly really be able to instil order out of the chaos that is engulfing the White House?

Mr Priebus's departure was announced 15 hours after the president's signature drive to repeal his predecessor's health care program collapsed on the Senate floor.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus gestures while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, March 18, 2013. "He is respected by everyone, especially the people at the Department of Homeland Security".

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

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