Trump says he wants a ‘general’ to replace Priebus: report

Trump says he wants a ‘general’ to replace Priebus: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE has said privately that he wants to appoint "a general" to replace White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusPoliticon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus Sunday shows - White House stresses Trump's determination in China trade fight as GOP challenger emerges Priebus: Left's 'wacko ideas' are opportunity for Republicans in 2020 MORE, The New York Times reports.

The president, the Times reported on Thursday, has so far focused on Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as a potential replacement, though advisers believe that would be a bad move.

Trump has reportedly said that he no longer has faith in Priebus, a former Republican National Committee chairman who was tapped for chief of staff shortly after Trump was elected.


Priebus has lost key allies in the White House over the past week, most notably former press secretary Sean Spicer, who resigned immediately after Trump appointed Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciScaramucci calls Trump a 'traitor' to the US Scaramucci: Trump is 'gone' and 'done' Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' MORE as his new communications director.

Scaramucci has carried out a public feud with Priebus since entering the White House. That feud accelerated on Thursday, when The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza published an interview with Scaramucci in which the communications director delivered a profanity-laced tirade against Priebus and accused him of leaking information to the press.

That tirade, in which he called Priebus a "f---ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac," was Scaramucci's clearest indication yet that he is trying to get rid of the chief of staff.

According to the Times, Priebus has been the subject of criticism from Trump himself. The president has brought up repeatedly how Priebus suggested that Trump withdraw from the presidential race last October after the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape.