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Changing of The Guard in the White House Inner Circle

It’s ye old “Hand of The King”…

As in-fighting, disorder and disloyalty … and leaks … continue in the Trump West Wing former RNC chairman and Trump inaugural White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is being replaced by Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly

The shift at the top of the White House hierarchy is aimed at bringing order to an administration that has been beset by infighting, as Mr. Trump seeks to notch the sort of sweeping legislative victories that he promised during the campaign but that have eluded him to this point, advisers to the president said.

“John Kelly will do a fantastic job. Gen. Kelly has been a star, done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody,” Mr. Trump told reporters Friday.

The president told Mr. Priebus two weeks ago he was planning to bring in a new staff chief, a senior administration official said. Mr. Kelly was offered the job earlier this week and immediately accepted, the senior official said.

Mr. Trump discussed bringing in Mr. Kelly with a small group of people, the senior official said. Part of the draw, the official said, was that he believes Mr. Kelly can provide effective leadership and has the respect of the West Wing, which is staffed with aides whose ideology falls across the political spectrum.

After Mr. Trump’s announcement, which came as Air Force One landed in Washington after a flight from New York, the president posted a tweet thanking Mr. Priebus “for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!”

Mr. Trump stayed on the plane while Mr. Priebus and other top aides disembarked. Mr. Priebus’s car left the motorcade before Mr. Trump got off the plane.

Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.), who was on the plane, said he spoke to Mr. Priebus during the flight from Long Island and was unaware the chief of staff had been replaced. “Good poker face. Showed nothing,” Mr. King said. “We didn’t even know it.” […]

I see it as changing from political bent to a more serious leadership direction.

Priebus was on with Sean Hannity last night. Video here and here.

MORE:

Newt Gingrich: If Kelly and Trump can become a real team, it will be a game changer

What to expect from Gen. Kelly’s White House

WH hopes to return stability Kelly as chief of staff

Leon Panetta: John Kelly strongly believes in discipline

Dana Perino predicts Trump’s brilliant chess game: Move Sessions to head of DHS to replace John Kelly

Krauthammer’s take: Kelly replaces Priebus

Inside Kelly’s short, accomplished record as DHS secretary

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