Reince Priebus

Witcover: Another general called to Trump's rescue

Witcover: Another general called to Trump's rescue

Donald Trump, a bully who admires strong-willed military men, got fed up with his ineffective White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus. So he chose former four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly — already a member of the Cabinet as secretary of homeland security — to replace him.

A few days later, Mr. Trump fired the newly nominated White House chief of communications, Anthony Scaramucci, apparently at Mr. Kelly's insistence, for inappropriate profane remarks about Mr. Priebus. His behavior revealed Mr. Scaramucci to be a loose cannon in the Trump mold, which was more than Mr. Kelly could abide.

Mr. Kelly was an obvious choice for the housecleaning task. The White House staff was...

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