(National Sentinel) West Wing: Without question Washington establishment media, which has been primarily responsible for creating most of the chaos within the Trump White House by encouraging and publishing leak after leak, was hoping that recently resigned Chief of Staff Reince Priebus would trash is former boss.
But no such trashing occurred.
On President Donald J. Trump’s least favorite fake news network, CNN, Priebus told Wolf Blitzer on Friday there was no “ill will” between him and Trump, and he praised the president’s pick of DHS Secretary and former Marine Gen. John Kelly as the next chief of staff.
“I’ve been, obviously, talking to the president, for a few days about this, and ultimately I formally resigned yesterday. And, you know, the president was great,” he said. “He wanted to include me in figuring out how and who would be a great successor and a good chief of staff. I think General [John] Kelly is a brilliant pick. … We’ll be working on a transition here for a couple of weeks, together with General Kelly, starting on Monday morning. So, this is not like a situation where there’s a bunch of ill will feelings.”
Priebus said he and Trump had a running agreement from the outset: If either of them felt like it wasn’t working or that they thought things should change, they would say so.
“I think the president wanted to go a different direction. I support him in that. … I think it’s a good time to hit the reset button. I think he was right to hit the reset button, and I think that it was something that, I think the White House needs. I think it’s healthy. And I support him in it,” he said, adding that Trump did not ask him to resign.
Asked about White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci’s tirade against him on Thursday, in which Mooch all but accused Priebus of being one of the White House leakers, the former RNC chief was gracious.
“I’m not going to respond to it. I’m not going to get into the mud on those sorts of things,” he said, adding that the notion he was leaking to the media was “ridiculous” (time will tell if Mooch was right).
Priebus also expressed cautious optimism that Kelly would be able to get to the bottom of the leaking. And he had praise for chief strategist Steve Bannon, noting he “only cares about the president’s agenda.”