The ex-chief of staff for former President George W. Bush on Friday ripped the manner in which President Trump dismissed his former Chief of Staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusIs a presidential appointment worth the risk? Ex-White House aide says 'cartoon villain' Kellyanne Conway bad-mouthed colleagues Trump Org hires former WH ethics lawyer to deal with congressional probes MORE on Friday, calling it “tawdry” and awkward.”

“I’m sure this is the first chief of staff to be removed in the way that he was removed, and it was kind of tawdry, awkward, uncomfortable, unfair, but it’s a reality,” Andy Card said on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber.”

Card’s comments came shortly after Trump announced on Twitter he would be replacing Priebus with Homeland Security chief Ret. Gen. John Kelly. 



The staff shakeup occurred as the feud between Priebus and new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared to reach a breaking point.

Scaramucci had suggested in a now deleted tweet on Wednesday that Priebus might have been behind leaks coming out of the White House.

Scaramucci went on to give an interview to The New Yorker, in which he called the now former chief of staff “a f------ paranoid schizophrenic.”