According to a Washington Post published on Friday, president Trump made Reince Priebus swat a fly for him during a meeting in the Oval Office. A source told The Post that a fly was buzzing around Trump's head and causing distraction throughout the course of the meeting. Eventually, Trump asked Priebus to kill the fly so the meeting could continue in peace.
The president had a tumultuous relationship with Priebus, and Trump announced he'd be replacing Priebus with John Kelly, making him the new White House Chief of Staff starting on Monday.
"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 wrote on Twitter.
In a later, separate tweet, Trump thanked Priebus for his time in the White House without indicating the reason for his replacement. "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!" wrote Trump.
According to a White House official, Trump had been complaining about Priebus to other staff the week before announcing Kelly as a replacement.
"It reached a fever pitch of the president complaining about Reince to all of us. If we heard it once, we heard it 20 times in the last week — this erosion of confidence. The word was 'weak' — 'weak,' 'weak,' 'weak.' 'Can’t get it done," the unnamed White House official told The Washington Post.
"It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve this President and our country. I will continue to serve as a strong supporter of the President’s agenda and policies," Priebus said in a statement, following the announcement of his replacement.
According to an unnamed White House source, Trump attempted to replace Priebus with Kelly twice already, and only now did the Homeland Security Secretary accept.
"The president has tried to convince the general multiple times, and the general has politely declined several times. But given what's going on in Washington, I think the president really needs the general to help him restore order in this White House and advance his vision," the official told The Washington Post.
Kelly will be sworn into his new post on Monday, it is yet to be seen whether he'll also be instructed to kill flies.