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US General takes over as Trump's new chief of staff

By Staff Reporter

Donald Trump has named General John Kelly, who currently heads the Department of Homeland Security, as his next chief of staff.

The US President made the announcement on Twitter.

It effectively removes Reince Priebus from the role. The embattled former chief of staff had faced pressure since being named as a possible leaker by Mr Trump's newly appointed director of communication.

The news came in a series of tweets just before 10pm UK time last night.

Mr Trump praised the former Marine Corp general as a "great American" and a "great leader".

The White House said he will start work on Monday.

Mr Kelly is a retired general who has become the face of border security.

Anthony Scaramucci, who was appointed communications director one week ago, had accused Mr Priebus of leaking to the press. He is also said to have phoned a reporter to unleash a profanity-filled rant against Mr Priebus, whom he called a "paranoid schizophrenic".

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