When asked on Fox News why Reince Priebus was fired as White House chief of staff, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said it was because of leaks coming from the White House on his watch.
“If Reince couldn’t control those leaks and those leaks continued to permeate, then he was the one who was ultimately responsible, and General Kelly was brought in to make sure those leaks do not continue,” Lewandowski explained.
Lewandowski discussed the situation just after President Trump announced via Twitter that Priebus would be replaced by retired Marine General John Kelly as chief of staff. He said Priebus was dismissed from his role as chief of staff as a result of a nasty feud with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who suggested he was the source of most leaks.
Scaramucci was immediately fired after Kelly took office, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stating that the reason for his ouster was a profanity-laced rant he made to a reporter from The New Yorker about Priebus and other key White House staff, which was promptly published last week.
Lewandowski said, “I think the president’s frustration was probably with the amount of leaking coming from the White House.” He noted that as chief of staff, Priebus was “the top of the food chain, and the person who’s on the top of this is going to be responsible for everything that happens down further.”
Lewandowski, who was campaign manager for presumptive nominee Donald Trump until he was relieved of his last year, is a frequent commentator on most mainstream media networks.
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