What Will Reince Priebus Do Now? The Former Chief Of Staff Is Still A Trump Fan
It was a tweet posted Friday by President Donald Trump that alerted the country to the fact that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was being abruptly replaced with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in a major shakeup. The news kicked off immediate speculation into what caused Priebus to be ousted. But as the dust settles on one of the White House's most turbulent week's, many have begun wondering what will Priebus do now that he's been replaced as White House chief of staff?
Priebus hasn't gone into too much detail regarding his post-White House plans just yet (perhaps he's too busy fending off personal attacks from friends of newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci?). He has, however, already dismissed rumors he planned to become the next U.S. ambassador to Greece.
"I think I'm going to take a little vacation, spend some time with my wife and kids and enjoy the future and continue to be supportive," Priebus told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview, Friday on The Situation Room, his first since Trump announced he'd been replaced as chief of staff. "It was a privilege. It was an honor. And I look forward to continuing to help."
Priebus also stressed that even though he was leaving his job as White House chief of staff, he would always be a fan of the president. "I'm on Team Trump," he said, adding, "I look forward to helping him achieve his goals and his agenda for the American people." It remained unclear, however, given Priebus' impending departure, in what capacity he planned to assist President Trump in achieving his agenda.
When pressed by Blitzer about the details of his future plans, Priebus said he wasn't particularly worried about it. "Look, God is good and everything works to good in the end," Priebus said. "I believe that. I'm not worried about that. I care about my wife and my kids. That's what I care about most. And that's what I live for. So I live for God, my family, my kids, and I know everything is going to be just fine."
Shortly after announcing his decision to appointment Kelly as his next White House chief of staff Friday, President Trump returned to Twitter to thank Priebus for his service. "I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country," the president tweeted. "We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!"
While Priebus has remained mum about the exact details of what he was planning to do next, there was one thing he seemed sure about. "I'm going to honor the president every day," Priebus told CNN.