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Reince Priebus: Trump 'wanted to go a different direction'

Posted July 28

President Donald Trump's former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said in his first interview since it was announced he would leave his role that Trump "wanted to go a different direction."

"Look, the President wanted to go a different direction. I support him in that," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room."

"I'm doing great," Priebus said. "I've been obviously talking to the President for a few days about this. ... the President was great."

Trump replaced Priebus on Friday with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, an explosive move that ends a turbulent six-month tenure.

When pressed by Blitzer on why he resigned from the role, Priebus responded, "I'm not going to get into that personal stuff."

"General Kelly is a brilliant pick. ... We'll be working on a transition," he said. "It's not like it's a situation where there's a lot of ill feelings. I think this is good for the President."

Trump made the announcement on Twitter just after landing on Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington.

"I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American... and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration," Trump tweeted.

Speaking earlier in New York, Trump offered effusive praise for Kelly, though he didn't hint he would soon be working from the West Wing.

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

This story will be updated.

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