President Trump abruptly fired his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Friday, replacing him with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Trump announced the staff shake-up in a series of Twitter posts, which is definitely unique in terms of presidential behavior but also what we’ve learned to expect from the belligerent businessman turned president.
Trump announcing the resignation on Twitter gave it a sense of abruptness that wouldn’t normally be found in a presidential administration, and there were, at one point, legitimate questions about whether or not Priebus even knew he was fired before the Twitter posts. (He has since claimed that not only did he know about the firing before the Twitter posts, but he wasn’t even fired. Instead, he claims, he resigned.)
Adding insult to injury for the former RNC official and right wing “establishment” icon is a new report from POLITICO‘s White House correspondent Josh Gerstein. Gerstein says that Priebus suffered the indignity of literally being removed from the presidential motorcade mid-transit after the president’s Twitter posts announcing to the world that he no longer had a job.
As Gerstein explains it, Priebus disembarked Air Force One upon the president’s return to D.C. from New York, where he’d given a speech in support of law enforcement and immigration crackdown efforts. Gerstein says that Priebus then got into a car with top Trump adviser Stephen Miller and Trump social media director Dan Scavino.
Scavino and Miller were then seen getting out of Priebus’ vehicle before it drove off, away from the rest of the motorcade. All the while, Trump was, apparently, in the doorway of Air Force One typing on his phone.
Gerstein’s pool report on all of this, as posted to Twitter by journalist Jared Rizzi, is below.
— Jared Rizzi (@JaredRizzi) July 28, 2017
Was the firing really that abrupt? Is the Trump Administration really that much of a bad reality show?
Gerstein added in a Twitter post of his own that “there’s a good chance the firing went down as AF1 circled near Andrews,” since “Flight was longer than typical short hop from NY.”
Seems there’s a good chance the firing went down as AF1 circled near Andrews. Flight was longer than typical short hop from NY. https://t.co/Rj5iDiXanr
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) July 28, 2017
Priebus has since been said, as mentioned, to have submitted his resignation on Thursday. It’s unclear what the exact timeline is regarding his ouster, however.
A video clip of a portion of the Friday events around Air Force One is below.
Check out Twitter’s thoughts below.
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