Anthony Scaramucci Offensive May See Reince Priebus Leave White House

Meanwhile, no one in the White House took up for Priebus - including Priebus himself.

According to The New York Times, the Pentagon chief was "blindsided" by the move and given only one day's notice before the surprise announcement. "I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump's agenda", including the hashtag for Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America great again".

Trump tweeted "John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security".

That status, as part of what the military calls a Gold Star family, puts him in the administration of a presidential candidate who verbally attacked a Gold Star family: the Khans, Muslim-American immigrants who lost a son in Iraq and had criticized Trump at the Democratic National Convention.

"I have been fortunate to have served my country for more than 45 years - first as a Marine and then as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security". Trump thanked him for his service and "dedication to his country".

I did not have the sense - and by many accounts, lots of people didn't have the sense - that Reince Priebus was ever really able to fill that role, that the president really never just - never allowed him to fill that traditional role.

'Reince is a good man. John Kelly will do a fantastic job.

He said he didn't want to address or respond to Scaramucci's insults because "it doesn't honour the president". While the secretary of state sought to quell tensions, Trump came out with a tweet that essentially sided with the Saudis.

The past 24 hours provided the clearest evidence yet that Scaramucci and Trump, both brash New Yorkers, are cut from the same cloth.

The latest shakeup of the White House leadership comes as the feud between Priebus and the new Communication Director Anthony Scaramucci went nasty over the past few days, hogging the media limelight.

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House Majority Leader Paul Ryan threw his support behind his "close friend" Preibus during his weekly briefing, saying: "I think he's doing a great job as chief of staff".

Priebus is the fifth top Trump administration official to be either sacked or to have resigned in the past six months.

"John Kelly is a great American".

He then directly referenced Priebus and said, "We have had odds".

"If he is going to be that divisive I'm not sure if he is going to be that useful to the president", Gingrich said. "And sometimes you're going to have different ideas come to the table".

PRIEBUS: He knows, I think, intuitively when things need to change.

That brought immediate questions about the ability of Scaramucci and Priebus to co-exist inside the Trump White House - and it took just a week for Priebus to be on his way out.

Kelly was appointed Secretary of Homeland Security on January 20.

John Kelly's new mission is to steady the roiling Trump administration - and quiet the friendly fire - as White House chief of staff.

"John Kelly is one of our great stars", Trump declared.

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