Donald Trump has forced out Reince Priebus as the White House chief of staff and replaced him with Homeland Security secretary John Kelly.
The departure of Priebus came as little surprise after he was the subject of a furious, foul-mouthed attack by new communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who claimed he would be asked to quit imminently.
Trump – who in six months has now lost a chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, national security adviser, communications director and press secretary – added on Twitter: “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!”.
In an interview with CNN just two hours after his departure was announced, Priebus paid homage to Trump. “I am going to honor the president every day” he said, adding:
“I’m always going to be a Trump fan. I’m on Team Trump.” He refused to respond to Scaramucci’s comments, saying, “I’m not going to get into the mud.”
He also denied reports that he is interested in becoming U.S. Ambassador to Greece.
Priebus, who is Chairman of the Republican National Committee, was crucial to Trump’s election campaign as a loyal aide and to party unity overall.
Born March 18, 1972, in Dover, New Jersey, to Richard and Dimitra. His mother is of Greek descent and her nickname is Roula — family name Pitsiladis — while his father is of German descent.
Priebus appears regularly with his family at the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Washington D.C., as he has been a lifelong member of the Greek Orthodox Church.
He has also spent many summers with his extended family in Greece and speaks the Greek language very well.