US President Donald Trump has announced that retired General John Kelly will be his new chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus, in a major shake-up of his top team.
Trump announced the move in a series of tweets a day after his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, accused Priebus of leaking information to reporters in a profanity-laced tirade.
“I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff,” Trump said via Twitter on Friday.
Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro, reporting from Washington, DC, said that the announcement “caps off a turbulent and dramatic week of infighting within Trump’s White House communications team in particular”.
The US president had lost confidence in Priebus, privately questioning his competence after major legislative items have failed to pass congress, someone close to Trump told Reuters news agency.
He had been under fire for weeks, seeing one White House ally after another resign or leave, culminating in the recent departure of press secretary Sean Spicer.
Trump thanked Priebus for “his service and dedication” to the country.
Kelly has been serving as homeland security secretary under the Trump administration.
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies