President Donald J. Trump’s new chief of staff was sworn in on Monday morning at the White House.
Four-star General John F. Kelly takes over the role left open by Reince Priebus.
Prior to his new role, Gen. Kelly was serving as the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but Trump tapped him for the White House position after Priebus resigned Thursday evening.
Priebus, who was under fire from newly-appointed communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, told Fox News that Kelly was a perfect replacement.
Kelly is brought in to stop the White House leaking that has dogged the White House ever since Trump took office in January.
After he was sworn in, Kelly sat next to President Trump as he made statements to the press about his new chief of staff.
“General Kelly, he will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt,” said Trump.
His full comments can be viewed in the video below:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 31, 2017
ABOUT GENERAL KELLY
John Francis Kelly (born May 11, 1950) is the current United States Secretary of Homeland Security who is designated to become White House Chief of Staff for President Donald Trump on July 31, 2017. He is a retired United States Marine Corps general and the former commander of United States Southern Command, the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Kelly previously served as the commanding general of the Multi-National Force West in Iraq from February 2008 to February 2009, and as the commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North in October 2009. Kelly succeeded General Douglas M. Fraser as commander of U.S. Southern Command on November 19, 2012. Kelly was succeeded by Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd on January 14, 2016.
Kelly was appointed Secretary of Homeland Security on January 20, 2017 by President Donald Trump. At 6 months, Kelly’s term as Secretary of Homeland Security is the shortest in the office’s history.
On July 28, he was appointed to replace Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff.
Kelly was born on May 11, 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts into an Irish Catholic family. He grew up in the Brightonneighborhood of Boston.Before he reached the age of 16, he hitchhiked to Washington State and rode the trains back, including a freight-hop from Seattle to Chicago. He then served for one year in the United States Merchant Marine, where he says “my first time overseas was taking 10,000 tons of beer to Vietnam“.
In 1970, when his mother told him that his draft number was coming up, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was discharged from active duty as a sergeant in 1972, after serving in an infantry company with the 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.He was commissioned on December 27, 1975 as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps via Officer Candidates School. In 1976, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston and, in 1984, he received a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service
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