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Trump replaces White House chief of staff Priebus, names Kelly replacement

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, departs after a Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he had replaced former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with Gen. John F. Kelly, his secretary of homeland security.

Trump also tweeted that he was proud of his former chief of staff.

In a statement, Priebus said he was glad to have had the “very special opportunity” to work under Trump.

“I will continue to serve as a strong supported of the president’s agenda and policies,” he said, adding that Kelly was a great choice to replace him.

Kelly lead the Department of Homeland Security until Monday, when Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke will take over as acting secretary.

Priebus had reportedly been at odds with Trump over the past weeks. That conflict rose to a head last week when Trump appointed financier Anthony Scaramucci to be the White House communications director.

Priebus had inspired intense loyalty among those who worked with him at the Republican National Committee, several of whom followed him to the White House, including press secretary Sean Spicer.

Spicer resigned shortly after Scaramucci was appointed.

In a profanity-laden tirade this week, Scaramucci called Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic” and accused him of being a source of leaks.

Scaramucci tweeted about leaks late Wednesday and mentioned the Twitter handle of Priebus. That tweet has since been deleted.

Asked what he meant by including Priebus, he said, “If Reince wants to explain he’s not the leaker, he can do that.”

Scaramucci later tweeted, in part: “I sometimes use colorful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight” for President Donald Trump’s agenda.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she has nothing to add to Scaramucci’s tweet.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

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