Reince Priebus is out as White House chief of staff after being accused of leaking sensitive information, a departure that adds to the rising turmoil in President Donald Trump’s already-fraught inner circle. Trump announced Friday that he had named John Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, as his new chief of staff. There have been signs of Priebus’ waning influence and beleaguered job status for months. After the first version of the Obamacare repeal bill collapsed in the House of Representatives in March, the White House sacked Priebus’ deputy chief of staff, Katie Walsh, and sent her to Trump’s outside political group. Rather than speak to Priebus’ own foibles, however, his departure attests to Trump’s willingness to pit even his most loyal aides against each other.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.