BREAKING: Priebus is out as White House chief of staff

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Homeland Security secretary John Kelly will replace the out-of-favor establishment Republican.

Reince Priebus will be replaced as White House Chief of Staff, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter late Friday.

The former Republican National Committee chairman, widely seen as a moderating influence on an erratic chief executive, is out just over six months after the administration took their seats.

His firing comes barely a day after Trump’s other newest hire, communications director Anthony Scaramucci, openly accused Priebus of leaking documents to the press to embarrass his own boss and colleagues. (The document Scaramucci cited was publicly available and obtained by a reporter who called and asked for it.)

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Priebus will give way to Gen. John Kelly, currently Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security. White House reporters say Priebus had resigned privately on Thursday but hoped to stay on another day or two, and that Trump’s decision to dismiss him on Twitter came after staff urged him to move faster.

White House pool reporters noted a theatrical scene surrounding Priebus’ physical exit from Trump’s team. As Air Force One returned from New York, Priebus got into a motorcade car that then departed separately from the president’s train of vehicles while Trump remained on the plane.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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