President Trump swore in John Kelly as White House chief of staff on Monday. The president predicted the retired general will do a “spectacular job.”
"What he has done in terms of homeland security is record shattering," Trump said. "We look forward to, if it's even possible, an even better job as chief of staff."
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is scheduled to be sworn in as White House Chief of Staff on Monday at 9:30 a.m. EST.
Kelly had been retired from the military for only eight months when Trump nominated him to run his Department of Homeland Security. For the past six months, Kelly has been working to combat illegal immigration, cybersecurity, and domestic terrorism.
President Trump announced the changes in his White House administration on Twitter Friday.
“He is a Great American and a Great Leader,” Trump tweeted. “John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration.”
I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
...and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
The retired general will replace Reince Priebus, who served in the role for only six months, making him the shortest-serving chief of staff in history. Kelly's six-month tenure as Homeland Security secretary is also the shortest in the history of that office.
White House officials said Priebus left the position on good terms with the president and handed in his resignation on July 28. Trump became convinced that Priebus was not strong enough to run the White House operation and told Priebus two weeks ago that he wanted to make a change, according to The New York Times.
Priebus told CNN that he supports the president's right to change directions.
“The president has a right to change directions,” he said on CNN. “The president has a right to hit a reset button. I think it’s a good time to hit the reset button.”