John Kelly replaces Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff

President Donald Trump has named John F. Kelly as White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus.


Trump made the announcement publicly on Twitter late Friday afternoon.

"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.

Kelly is the current Homeland Security Secretary.

"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," Kelly said in a statement. "I am honored to be asked to serve as the chief of staff to the President of the United States."

Kelly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1970 at the age of 20, at a time when young Americans were desperately trying to avoid getting drafted and sent overseas.

After rising rapidly in the ranks, he led the Task Force Tripoli to conquer Baghdad in 2003 and remained in Iraq until 2009. He then returned to the U.S. to continue serving in high ranking positions.

In 2014, he had this to say about the "war on terror": "If you think this war against our way of life is over because some of the self-appointed opinion-makers and chattering class grow ‘war weary,’ because they want to be out of Iraq or Afghanistan, you are mistaken. This enemy is dedicated to our destruction. He will fight us for generations, and the conflict will move through various phases as it has since 9/11."

Kelly is a highly accomplished military leader and a patriot. We are lucky to have him. I have high hopes he will help bring some discipline and morale boost to the White House which is virtually under siege by the press.

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