Trump family members urging him to replace Priebus: report

Trump family members urging him to replace Priebus: report
© Greg Nash

Three of the most influential figures in President Trump's inner circle are lobbying the president to oust his chief of staff Reince Priebus, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Trump's wife Melania, elder daughter and senior adviser Ivanka and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner have privately pushed him to shake up his West Wing staff, most notably by replacing Priebus. 

Priebus, who served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee before joining Trump's White House, has been rumored for months to be on his way out as the president's top assistant.

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Deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters flatly denied that Priebus was on the chopping block, telling the Post that "these sources have been consistently wrong about Reince and they’re still wrong today."

According to the Post, Trump is hesitant to do away with Priebus and other senior staffers as his administration faces multiple investigations into possible collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

What's more, Trump's White House has seen a steady stream of leaks.

Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's communications director, told the Post that the first lady was concerned about the leaks coming from the White House, but rejected the notion that she was pressing her husband to fire Priebus or anyone else.

“Of course the first lady is concerned about leaks from her husband’s administration, as all Americans should be," Grisham said. "And while she does offer advice and perspectives on many things, Mrs. Trump does not weigh in on West Wing staff.”