In a move that many saw coming after some violent shake-ups at the White House, President Donald Trump announced Friday on Twitter that he had replaced Reince Priebus as his chief of staff.
The new White House chief of staff is to be Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Kelly, a former U.S. Marine Corps general, was called a “Great American and a Great Leader” by Trump.
The firing occurred upon the president’s return from Long Island after giving a speech about gang violence. As Air Force One was taxiing on the runway at Joint Base Andrews, Trump sent the initial tweets announcing the shake-up.
The situation was an awkward one because of the fact that Priebus had traveled with the president that day.
According to the White House pool report, Priebus spent his final moments as White House chief of staff with other administration officials, in the pouring rain, sitting in a van. Once the tweet was public, those White House staffers still employed left van, and Reince was all alone.
Priebus then watched the presidential motorcade zip off to the White House without him.
According to the pool report, written by Josh Gerstein of Politico:
Most staff was off before we moved into position but Reince Priebus and Steven Miller and Dan Scavino loaded into one suburban then moments later Miller and Scavino got out and loaded another van.
As word spread about Priebus’ dismissal, some reporters got up close to Priebus’ car, taking cell photos and such. Priebus’ car then pulled aside, out of the POTUS motorcade. Priebus car and a follow up departed at 458PM.
POTUS continued to hold on the plane during all this. Still holding at this writing.
After Reince had left the tarmac, Trump exited Air Force One, telling reporters that Reince was a “good man.”