News Trump replaces chief of staff Reince Priebus with homeland security chief John Kelly Olivier Knox Chief Washington Correspondent •Reince Priebus out, John Kelly in as WH chief of staff FOX News VideosScroll back up to restore default view.WASHINGTON — In a bombshell announcement capping a week of brutal administration infighting, President Trump said Friday that he had replaced embattled White House chief of staff Reince Priebus with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.Trump, who announced the move on Twitter, did not say whether he had fired Priebus or whether he had resigned, but the former Republican National Committee chairman told Yahoo News via text that he had tendered his resignation to the president on Thursday.“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…” the president wrote, continuing in a second tweet with “…and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration.”When asked by Yahoo News if he was aware of the staff shakeup prior to Trump’s Twitter announcement, Priebus texted, “Yeah, we talked. I resigned privately yesterday.” He later repeated in two televised interviews that he had resigned in a private meeting with the president on Thursday. FollowDonald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpI 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….Incoming White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump and Priebus had begun discussing the exit “about two weeks ago.” She did not directly answer whether it was a firing or a resignation. “We all serve at the pleasure of the president,” Sanders told reporters.In just over six months in office, Trump has shed his first national security adviser (Michael Flynn), communications director (Mike Dubke), press secretary (Sean Spicer), deputy chief of staff (Katie Walsh), deputy national security adviser (K.T. McFarland) and now his chief of staff. His attorney general, Republican former senator Jeff Sessions, has been in an increasingly tenuous position, with the president openly criticizing him, but stopping short of firing him or asking him to resign.Priebus never managed to assert himself as a traditional a chief of staff in Trump’s profoundly unorthodox White House. He never controlled access to the president, did not manage the mercurial commander in chief’s time, and his power to hire and fire was perpetually questioned by rivals for West Wing power.Aides also said Trump had never completely forgiven Priebus for suggesting he quit the 2016 presidential race after the release of an audio recording in which Trump seemed to brag about getting away with sexual assault.Speaking to reporters as he arrived back in Washington from Long Island, N.Y. — where earlier Friday he delivered a speech on gang violence — Trump called praised Kelly calling him “a great great American” and added that Priebus is “a good man.”The news came at the end of a tumultuous week of White House infighting, notably pitting incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci against Priebus. And it landed on a day that began just after midnight as Senate Republicans failed to pass legislation aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare, a central Trump legislative priority championed by Priebus.Sanders, when asked whether Priebus’ departure had anything to do with the bizarrely public administration feud — including Scaramucci’s foul-mouthed denunciation of Priebus and other colleagues in a telephone call with a New Yorker reporter — she replied: “No, it doesn’t.”Asked what Kelly would bring to the job that Priebus did not, Sanders replied: “That’s a question I’ll let the president walk through.” Priebus provided the White House with a bridge to Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fellow Wisconsinite. In a statement, the lawmaker said his “dear friend” had “served the president and the American people capably and passionately.”When one reporter noted that most of the departures have come from the ranks of establishment Republicans and asked about the White House’s relationship with the party, Sanders replied: “We’ve still got a good relationship. We’re going to continue working with the party and continue doing what we came here to do.”On Twitter, Trump declared: “I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!”Kelly will start on Monday, when Trump will also hold a Cabinet meeting in what one White House aide described as “a reset.” Priebus, in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Friday night said he would stay on for about two weeks to aid in the transition. Of his appointment, the retired Marine general said he was “honored to be asked to serve as the chief of staff to the president of the United States.”Sanders played up Kelly’s role in sharply reduced undocumented immigration — a cause dear to Trump’s base — and declared him “respected by everyone.”“The entire administration loves him and no one is comparable,” she added.Amid White House chatter that Priebus had been targeted because of leaks to the news media, Sanders said that the former RNC chairman had been “loyal in his service to the president.”And, she said, Priebus “will always be a member of the Trump Team.”In a statement released Friday evening, Priebus thanked Trump for the “very special opportunity” to serve on his team and vowed to remain “a strong supporter of the president’s agenda and policies.”Additional reporting by Yahoo News Senior Political Correspondent Jon Ward
Trump, vowing gang crackdown, urges cops ‘don’t be too nice’ Michael Walsh Reporter •Trump gets applauded for supporting police brutality President Trump gave an impassioned speech in suburban New York about the violent MS-13 street gang in an effort to drum up support for his strict immigration and tough-on-crime policies.The White House chose Suffolk County, Long Island — a traditionally peaceful county where there have been at least 17 killings attributed to the gang since January 2016 — to deliver his message about the threat of the international gang that was formed by Salvadoran immigrants in Los Angeles in the 1980s.Over the decades, MS-13 (also known as Mara Salvatrucha) built a criminal network with footholds in major metropolitan areas across the United States. The gang also has a strong presence in Mexico and strong ties to Central America, as it’s mostly comprised of Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan nationals or first-generation Americans.In a speech to police officers, Trump repeatedly expressed his almost worshipful respect for law enforcement and vowed to destroy the “vile criminal cartel MS-13.”He urged the cops, “don’t be too nice” to suspects when they are “thrown into the back of a paddy wagon.” In 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man under arrest for alleged possession of a switchblade knife, died of injuries he sustained being transported by police in the back of a van.President Trump speaks to law enforcement officials about the street gang MS-13, July 28, 2017, in Brentwood, N.Y. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)“MS-13 is particularly violent. They don’t like shooting people because it’s too quick. It’s too fast,” Trump said at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, N.Y., roughly 60 miles east of Manhattan. “I was reading, one of these animals was caught and explaining they like to knife them and cut them and let them die slowly because that way it’s more painful and they enjoy watching that much more. These are animals.”Still reeling from its failure to get through the Health Care Freedom Act through the Senate, the Trump administration is launching a renewed pitch to Congress for stronger borders to keep violent gang members out of the country.Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who flew to El Salvador Thursday to talk with officials there about gang violence, said there are more than 40,000 members of MS-13 worldwide, including 10,000 in the U.S.According to the FBI, MS-13 is active in at least 42 states and the District of Columbia. They often recruit middle school and high school students and are most powerful in the West and Northeast. Most of their criminal activity is of an extremely violent nature, including murder, rape, robbery, home invasions, kidnapping and hijacking. They are also involved in drug distribution and prostitution.“For many years, they exploited America’s weak border and lax immigration enforcement to bring drugs and violence to cities and towns all across America,” he said. “They’re there right now because of weak political leadership, weak leadership, weak policing and in many cases because the police weren’t allowed to do their job.”The funeral of Justin Llivicura, a Long Island teen who was killed in what many believe to be an attack by members of MS-13. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)Trump said that no one has suffered more at the hands of MS-13 than the people of Long Island, referencing the 17 murders in Suffolk County in the last 18 months.“They have transformed peaceful parks and beautiful, quiet neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields. They’re animals,” he said. “We cannot tolerate as a society the spilling of innocent, young, wonderful, vibrant people — sons and daughters, even husbands and wives.”
PoliticsA full breakdown of the dramatic 19 seconds when McCain killed the GOP’s healthcare bill Lydia Ramsey,Business Insider 17 hours agoSen. John McCain stunned much of the US and his party leaders on Friday, when shortly before 2 a.m. ET he voted against against a „skinny” plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.The pivotal moment — from when McCain walked onto the Senate floor to to when he put his right thumb down and walked off — took all of 19 seconds.McCain joined two other Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who voted against the bill and quashed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to upend the US healthcare system in a 49-51 vote.CNN broke down the Senate’s reaction during the 19 seconds: Here’s a breakdown of who’s who: 1. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, standing toward the front of Senate floor, had a smile on his face as McCain enters. That quickly fades and McConnell starts to stare at the floor.2. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the former Democratic presidential candidate, taps Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire on the shoulder and points toward McCain as he prepares to make the vote.3. McCain holds his right arm out to get the clerk’s attention. After a pause, he closes his fist and points his thumb down. Gasps and clapping erupt in the chamber.4. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts leans over to catch the motion. She then starts to clap.5. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California claps once.6. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio hits his hand on his desk.7. While Democrats are celebrating, members of the Republican Party, including Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Marco Rubio of Florida, stare ahead motionlessly. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana stares at the ground.8. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer waves toward the back of the floor.McCain then walks back to his desk, and the vote continues with Sen. Jack Reed.