Reince Priebus Defends POTUS' Replacement, Assures Wolf Blitzer: "I'm on Team Trump"

Scaramucci has been on a hunt for leaks in the Trump administration

Scaramucci has been on a hunt for leaks in the Trump administration

His replacement by Kelly, a political outsider who had served as a general in the USA marines before being named Homeland Security secretary by Trump marks the transition to a White House fully defined by the President's admiration for businessmen and generals.

On Friday, the president announced former chief of staff Reince Priebus was stepping down and named Kelly as his replacement.

"He is a Great American. and a Great Leader".

The move came a day after his new Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, accused Priebus of leaking information to reporters in a profanity-laced tirade.

Priebus also said his views on Trump haven't changed, adding he's still a fan of the President.

Kelly has been Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Speaking to a crowd on Friday in Brentwood, New York, Trump called Kelly "one of our great stars". "I can't think of a better person than General John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success", Priebus said. "So, that whole group has been incredible, led by General Kelly".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, said Trump and Priebus have been talking about his exit for two weeks while the president and Kelly had been discussing it "for a while".

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Scaramucci, the former head of hedge fund Skybridge Capital, told the New Yorker this week that he blamed Priebus for blocking his appointment to any administration role until this month.

The CNN report said that Priebus lacked strong support from key members of Trump's inner circle.

Concluding, "I think bringing in a fresh face, I think bringing in fresh people, is a good thing".

"I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own cock", he said.

Scaramucci might have had a hand in Priebus's pink slip, and said he's not in trouble with Trump, but he's certainly in trouble with his wife, who just filed for divorce.

"This is going to get cleaned up very shortly", he told Lizza in the interview.

Ryan says Priebus "left it all out on the field" for the party and the country and he could not be more proud to call Priebus a "dear friend".

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