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President Donald Trump talks with new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after he was privately sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, Monday, July 31, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump swore in John Kelly as chief of staff and predicted he'll do a 'spectacular job'


Updated July 31, 2017 10:04 AM EDT

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.”

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.”

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