Priebus Out, General Kelly in as WH Chief of Staff

After a week of expressing anger toward leaks and leakers, punctuated by the resignation of Sean Spicer and a profane rant by new WH Director of Communications, it appears that the treasonous vote by Senator John McCain to keep Obamacare has led President Trump to declare all out war.

If that assessment is correct, the first victim of Trump’s war on the Republican establishment is Reince Priebus, his WH Chief of Staff.

There’s no agreement on whether embattled Priebus resigned or was fired. NBC News is reporting that he resigned, while other media outlets claim that President Trump fired him.

It appears that Priebus did indeed resign.


Update: As speculation abounds over social media over precisely when Reince was fired or quit, he has just released the following statement:

“It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve the President and our country. I want to thank the President for giving me this very special opportunity. I will continue to serve as a strong supporter of the President’s agenda and policies. I can’t think of a better person that General John Kelly to succeed me and I him God’s blessings and great success.”

Trump made the announcement using his favorite medium, Twitter.

Also according to press reports the final straw for Reince Priebus was the overnight failure by Senate republicans to pass Obamacare repeal as a result of John McCain’s stunning decision to vote against the GOP.

Then again, NBC reports that it wasn’t Trump who fired Priebus, but Priebus who resigned on Thursday. And just to make things even more convoluted, Reuters also reports that Trump originally informed Priebus two weeks ago that he would be replacing him as White House chief of staff.

In any case, speaking to reporters, Trump called Priebus a “good man” but called Kelly a “star.”

“Reince is a good man,” he said at Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington, D.C., after a trip to New York to talk about his push to end gang violence. “John Kelly will do a fantastic job. Gen. Kelly has been a star, done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody. He’s a great American,” he said.

WaPo’s Robert Kosta tweets that “Kushner’s allies soured on Priebus b/c they saw the msg/strategy on Russia as off/weak…”

How Trump’s decision will be greeted by the more moderate part of his base remains to be seen, although with Trump siding against Priebus, it may mean that Bannon could be next on the chopping block, a move which would infuriate a core part of Trump’s electorate, a material gamble for a president with a precarious approval rating.

As for ret. Gen. John Kelly, the current low profile Homeland Security Secretary, a quick reminder who he is: he he was in the military for 45 years – a very long time, even for a general. He was once the head of US Southern Command, putting much of the US’ immediate vicinity under his purview – including the control of Guantanamo Bay.

Here Kosta adds that “Kushner and Bannon both really like Kelly, which made the decision easier. Someone who has appeal to the two main blocs in WH…”

What happens next is a great unknown for this rollercoaster administration, but with a military veteran now whispering in Trump’s ear every day, Kim Jong-Un’s days are now numbered.

Meanwhile, the message from today’s events seems to be that Trump has largely cut most – if not all – ties with the Republican party.


The Gateway Pundit is claiming that Priebus was the head leaker. If so, he should be prosecuted under whatever laws are applicable.

The general feeling among Trump supporters is that the President is taking the offensive in draining the swamp. There’s an expectation that big things are going to be happening over the next few weeks and months.

30 thoughts on “Priebus Out, General Kelly in as WH Chief of Staff

  1. This is becoming the only show on Earth worth watching. Trump is working through his promises, even though he’s clearly realized just how deep runs the Swamp.

  2. So, out of the 3-4 Scaramucci said he was firing today, there was only 1 & it wasn’t Mooch who did any firing after all. So much drama over nothing.

    Looks like it’s Kushner calling the shots: “WaPo’s Robert Kosta tweets that “Kushner’s allies soured on Priebus b/c they saw the msg/strategy on Russia as off/weak…’”

    Everyone’s tweets were very pleasant & respectful, as they should be (Trump’s, Priebus’, etc.).

    Good 1-min. clip here with Corey Lewandowski re the shakeup:

  3. Corny humor from Mitchell, haha:

    Bill Mitchell‏ Verified account @mitchellvii 2 hours ago
    Media: “Will you replace Reince Priebus?”
    Trump: “Maybe, maybe not.”
    Media: “Can you be specific?”
    Trump: “I’d rather be General.”

  4. Good point this…

    Bill Mitchell‏ Verified account @mitchellvii 4 hours ago:
    Whether he leaked or not, Priebus was not a good enforcer with Congress, the real job Trump hired him for.

    (Me: Same reason he chose Pence as VP. Is Pence getting any “enforcing” done?)

    • From my point of view, Priebus is not proved to be the leaker. What hopefully will happen is more focus, discipline and other good news from the White House. Congress appears to be a lost cause.

      Re Pence: I saw that he was lobbying McCain over Obamacare. That would do no good since McCain is bought and paid for. Pence was given an impossible job.

      • You mentioned “more … discipline” from the WH. This Fox News clip said the same exact thing:

        Re Priebus not being the leaker, I have no idea. His two pals that he brought on board, Katy Walsh & Mike Short, were supposedly pegged as leakers & fired. Whether that made Priebus guilty-by-association, I dunno!

        True re Congress being a lost cause. The only way is to vote them out & hope for a better bunch next time.

        Pence is Mr. Nice Guy. Trying to persuade a snake like McCain would be hopeless, as you say.

      • Thanks for the photo. She’s not too cute. What is it with blonds? Are they all gold-digging moochers? I’ve known two like that in my life.

        Re Anthony being better off without her, maybe; but why screw up the kids’ lives because Mom doesn’t want Daddy in the White House with a candidate she didn’t like!

  5. I’m withholding judgement on this one. Funny Spicer and Priebus quit shortly after foul mouthed Scaramucci was hired.

    Priebus interviewed on Hannity tonight. Gave impression he resigned, but no clues as to why. Spent most of the 20 minutes praising Trump.

    • Praising Trump? Possibly hoping to avoid prosecution if he is a leaker. I personally have my doubts that he’s the leaker. However, he wasn’t up to managing the conflicts in the White House, so better he go utilize his good skills elsewhere.

  6. The latest from Brett Baier (usually gives reliable info) says Trump was talking to Kelly for several weeks to see if he wanted the Chief of Staff position. So, that puts a different light on things.

  7. Reince Priebus vs John Kelly. I would hire a man called John Kelly on name alone, and not hire weird named guys like so many US citizens. In an Anglo nation why is any man named Reince or Priebus? A bit like having a surname like Himmler, Montezuma or Yamamoto. A bit whiffy, as in a slight sniff of treason.

    Trump should reduce his white house staff by half. “Less is more”. Then the blunders and leaks will be halved. Trump will set an example and demand the rest of Govt gets rid of half their “workers”. Give them real jobs instead.

    Trump should ban all the thousands of foreign spies and local traitors and bribe payers from Washington, including those that purport to be handlers, boosters, slick con artists, promoters, hucksters, (((gangsters))), lounge lizards, spruikers, and money seekers. Trump should ban all foreign agencies from the USA including AIPAC and the American Defamation League (ADL).

    When a swamp is drained it is necessary to let the sun shine in to remove the stink of all the things that ooze and crawl. Anaerobic swamp bacteria are stinky – like Joo Washington

  8. Was he named after the German hero Reinhardt Heydrich who the British illegally assassinated in Prague? (War crime. The killers were Czech terrorists in civilian clothes armed by the British Govt).

    Reince is a surname and there are only 110 in all of the USA. This prick may be the only man with this Christian name anywhere. Why would any white man be given a unique name? Nazi leaders never changed their names. Commie rats usually did – like Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky – all bullshit made up names. Lenin named after a river – with a female name Lenina – Stalin was the man of steel – like Superman, and Trotsky was named after diarrhea which was highly appropriate. “Why are you running”. “I have a nasty touch of the Trots”. Hence Lev Bronstein was afterwards always known as “Trotsky”.

    From names dot org……………….

    “How unique is the name Reince? Out of 5,743,017 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Reince was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.

    How many people have the last name Reince? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 110 people with the last name Reince.
    How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Reince? Reince is one of the most unique last names recorded.”

    Even Democrat Party site mock this guys name, which is not PC.
    “Who named him, George Lucas? Jar Jar Binks, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Reince Priebus, Darth Vader, Mohammed Obama”.

    • Robert,

      Reince is a nickname for Reinhold. His real name is Reinhold Priebus. Priebus is German. His father is German, mother Greek.

      • Eisenhower was also a “German”. Why on earth would the USA put a German in charge of attacking Germany? Not just the US forces but all allied land forces invading from Normandy. I say Eisenhower was a Jew, not a German and that is why he got the job. Logically, Eisenhower the Kraut should have got the Pacific and MacArthur the European war. Why for example did the USA not appoint a Japanese American to invade the Jap Empire – it is no more ridiculous than appointing Eisenhower as “Overlord” boss.

        As for Rinse, why not call himself by his real name “Reinhold”. Reince is a silly first name in any English speaking country. Germans born in Australia are usually given Anglo Saxon names – not oddball German names, not even “Hans”. This is integration.

        Irony too is that Germans are still hated by the (((media))) and (((Hollywood))) especially – yet Germans keep getting elected, somehow. Many senior people in the USA with Germanic names are Yids, not Germans.

  9. Robert,

    He said Reince is a nickname for Reinhold that’s been passed down for a long time. Probably, began calling him that as a youngster, but he could have changed it.

    Most Germans here have anglicized their last names. Miller, Schmidt, Schneider, Weber, Wagner, Bauer, Wolf, Hoffman, to name a few.

    Very disturbing to find out so many with common German names are actually Jewish.

    • (((Wolf Blitzer))). “Wolf” was one of Hitlers favorite words. Has nobody told Blitzer that? Surely a USA Jew was never christened “Wolf”?
      His Germanic/Yid name means roughly “Wolf Lightning”. Sounds like a Nazi to me.

      ” German: habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a wolf, Middle High German wolf. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal name Volf meaning ‘wolf’, which is associated with the Hebrew personal name Binyamin (see Benjamin).”

      ” German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Blitz.
      Source: The Dictionary of American Family Names © 2006, Patrick Hanks
      Recorded as Belitz, Bitze, Bitzius, Blitz, Blittschen, Blitzen, Blitzer, Blitzger, Pelitz, Plitz, Plitzger, Plizger, Plitzner, and possibly others, this is a German surname. It has two possible origins. Firstly it may be locational from a town formerly called Blitze, but now Bitze, and apparently named because of the regularity with which its buildings were struck by blitz or plitz (lightning), in ancient times. Secondly it can be a medieval nickname either for a quick tempered and fiery person, or a fast runner or messenger, or possibly given the robust humour of those past times, the complete reverse! “

  10. Funny…

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