Trump says ‘all options are on the table for North Korea’ – White House statement

Trump says 'all options are on the table for North Korea' – White House statement
Donald Trump says “all options are on the table for North Korea,” according to a White House statement. It comes after Pyongyang launched a missile over Japan.

“The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” Trump said in the statement, referring to the Tuesday launch of a ballistic missile which passed over Japan.

“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table,” Trump added.

The comments come just hours after Trump held a 40-minute phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following the missile launch.

Trump and Abe agreed in the phone call that “North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, as well as to countries around the world,” according to the statement.

It added that the US and Japanese leaders are “committed to increasing pressure on North Korea, and doing their utmost to convince the international community to do the same.”

Trump also stressed during the call that Washington is “100 percent with Japan,” Abe told reporters after the conversation.

Hours after the ballistic missile launch, North Korea accused the US of driving the Korean Peninsula towards and an “extreme level of explosion,” and said Pyongyang is justified in responding with “tough counter-measures.”

“Now that the US has openly declared its hostile intention towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, by waging aggressive joint military exercises despite repeated warnings… my country has every reason to respond with tough counter-measures as an exercise of its right to self-defense,” Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told the UN Conference on Disarmament.

“And the US should be wholly responsible for the catastrophic consequences it will entail,” Han added, without explicitly addressing the Tuesday launch.

Meanwhile, Russia and China have proposed a “double freeze” initiative to resolve the Korean crisis. The plan, which is supported by Germany, involves freezing missile launches in North Korea in exchange for a halt in joint US-South Korean military exercises.

Courtesy, RT

Joe Arpaio pardoned by Donald Trump, Sebastian Gorka leaves White House

The US president has pardoned a controversial former sheriff convicted for systematically targeting Latinos. Meanwhile, national security aide Sebastian Gorka exits the White House just weeks after Steve Bannon left.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Reuters/L. Segall)

US President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America,” after he was convicted of criminal contempt for his department’s racial profiling policy.

Arpaio was known for his severe stance on undocumented immigrants and for investigating unfounded claims into President Barack Obama’s citizenship. He drew national headlines for massive roundups of suspected illegal immigrants and for reinstating prison chain gangs.

“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is worthy candidate for a presidential pardon,” a White House statement said.

“Throughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.”

Trump shared news of the pardon on Twitter.

I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!

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Systematically stopped Latino drivers

Arpaio was convicted on July 31 for willfully violating a 2011 injunction against his officers from stopping and detaining Latino motorists solely on suspicion that they were in the country illegally. He was due to be sentenced on October 5, facing a maximum jail sentence of six months and a fine.

In court Arpaio claimed the case was a politically motivated attempt by the Obama administration to undermine his re-election bid for Arizona’s Maricopa County in November after 24 years in office.

“I have to thank the president for what he has done, that’s for sure,” Arpaio told Reuters news agency in a brief telephone interview from his Arizona home. “He’s a big supporter of law enforcement.”

Several civil rights advocates slammed the pardon as an endorsement of racist and unlawful immigration policies.

“Once again, the president has acted in support of illegal, failed immigration enforcement practices that target people of color and that have been struck down by the courts,” said American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Cecilia Wang, who sought the court injunction against Arpaio.

With his pardon of Arpaio, President Trump has chosen lawlessness over justice, division over unity, hurt over healing.

Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former head of the US Justice Department’s civil rights division, said in a statement that the pardon sent “a dangerous message that a law enforcement officer who abused his position of power and defied a court order can simply be excused by a president who himself clearly does not respect the law.”

Read more: Donald Trump claims he has ‘complete power’ to pardon

Gorka gone

Meanwhile, White House national security aide Sebastian Gorka left his position on Friday, just weeks after chief strategist Steve Bannon was ousted. Reports differed on whether he resigned the post or was fired.

Gorka wrote in a statement that “the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again,’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months.”

Read more: Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon leaves the White House

Sebastian Gorka (picture-alliance/NurPhoto/C. May)Just days after a group of Democrats called for his head, Gorka left the White House

Several lawmakers had intensified their questions about Gorka in the wake of the Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally.

A group of Democrat senators had written to senior administration officials on Monday seeking confirmation on whether Gorka was under criminal investigation for failing to disclose his membership in a Hungarian neo-Nazi organization.

“As a senior counterterrorism advisor, Mr. Gorka is in a position of great importance and public trust. The American people are entitled to know if a senior White House official is under criminal investigation,” Senators Dick Durbin, Richard Blumenthal and Benjamin Cardin said in the letter.

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In March the group alleged that Gorka had “concealed his membership in the Vitezi Rend, a far-right anti-Semitic Hungarian organization with historical ties to the Nazis, when he applied for U.S. citizenship.”

They said the letter was a follow-up to another letter they sent in March calling for an investigation of whether Gorka had “falsified his naturalization application or otherwise illegally procured American citizenship.” In Monday’s letter they repeated their concern at Gorka allegedly having concealed his membership in the neo-Nazi organization.

Civil rights groups welcomed the departure of Gorka. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an umbrella organization for US civil rights groups said in a statement his departure was long overdue.

Sebastian Gorka shouldn’t have been working in the White House in the first place. Our statement on his departure: http://bit.ly/2wwNfFy 

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Sessions announces hunt for leakers, says cases have ‘exploded’

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other top administration officials lashed out Friday against illegal leaks and issued a stern warning that offenders will be “held accountable,” announcing new efforts to hunt them down.

“No government can be effective when its members cannot speak in confidence” with other government leaders, Sessions said, referring specifically to the bombshell leak a day earlier of President Trump’s conversations with foreign leaders.

He said referrals of classified leaks from U.S. intelligence agencies have “exploded” this year.

“We are taking a stand,” the attorney general said. “This culture of leaks must stop.”

Session said criminals who have leaked classified information are “being investigated and will be prosecuted.” He added that four people have already been charged with leaking classified material and related counts, and investigations have tripled.

Sessions said he has directed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and new FBI Director Christopher Wray to oversee all classified leak investigations and actively monitor the progress.

He said a new counterintelligence unit has been created to manage cases, and he has directed the National Security Division and U.S. attorneys to prioritize cases involving unauthorized disclosures.

“The department will not hesitate to bring lawful and appropriate criminal charges against those who abuse the nation’s trust,” he said.

Sessions also had some sharp words for the media, saying he would order a review of the current subpoena policy regarding leaks of classified information and called the publication of such materials as something that places lives “at risk.”

David Boardman, chairman of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, fired back.

“What the attorney general is suggesting is a dangerous threat to the freedom of the American people to know and understand what their leaders are doing, and why,” Boardman said in a statement.

Leak cases have traditionally been difficult to prove and prosecute. In 2015, Attorney General Eric Holder issued new guidelines on obtaining information from members of the media. Sessions said Friday that he’s reviewing the DOJ’s policy on issuing subpoenas to reporters.

Under the Obama administration, federal prosecutors brought charges in nine cases – more than all previous administrations combined.

Still, it was clear by Sessions’ comments that the Trump administration would go after any leakers of sensitive information.

Last month, a report written by Republicans on the Senate’s homeland security panel warned that the Trump administration faced an “alarming” amount of media leaks that posed a potential threat to national security. The 24-page report, titled “State Secrets: How and Avalanche of Media Leaks is Harming National Security,” estimated the Trump administration has had about one leak per day.

The authors of the report urged the Justice Department to step up its investigations into the leaks.

On Thursday, a new leak hit the White House hard.

The Washington Post released complete transcripts from Trump’s telephone conversations with Enrique Peña Nieto, the president of Mexico, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The documents provided an unfiltered glimpse into Trump’s diplomacy during his first few days on the job. It also unveiled some not-so-nice comments he made in which he called New Hampshire a “drug infested den” and pleaded with Nieto to stay quiet about the controversial border wall Trump repeatedly promised he’d build.

“Leaking the phone calls between our president and other heads of state is nothing short of a national disgrace,” Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor, told “Fox & Friends” on Friday. “I want there to be bipartisan outrage.”

She noted the West Wing is a “small place” and finding the leakers might be “easier” than some realize.”

Former federal prosecutors told Fox News that the leak likely constitutes a federal crime. And lawmakers have voiced concern about how that material got out and the security implications.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bob Corker of Tennessee lashed out at the person behind the leak, with Graham calling it a “disservice to the president” and Corker saying he hopes Trump’s new chief of staff will “fire every single person” who is behind leaking sensitive information from within the White House.

Though Friday’s announcement has been in the works for some time, it comes during a rocky period between Trump and Sessions. Trump has taken the former Alabama senator to task over the past few weeks and has stated his “disappointment” with the country’s top law enforcement official via tweets, interviews and press conferences.

Trump slammed Sessions for not being tougher on leaks from the intelligence community.

“I want the attorney general to be much tougher,” Trump said last week. “I want the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before, at a very important level. These are intelligence agencies we cannot have that happen.”

Fox News’ Doug McKelway contributed to this report. 

 

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Lesson for Trump: Hardball Against Senators Is a Game He Can Lose

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Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has refused to back the Republican Party’s line on health care. Her stance against the administration is likely to bolster her at home in the short term. CreditTom Brenner/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The recalcitrant senator kept crossing up the inexperienced new president on big-ticket legislation even though they represented the same party.

Frustrated and angry, the White House fought back, threatening retaliation both petty and portentous, eyeing federal jobs and programs in the state of the rebellious lawmaker to force obedience.

While this may sound like the current situation between President Trump and Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, over her refusal to back the party line on health care, it was actually 1993. The senator was Richard Shelby, then a Democrat of Alabama, and the president was Bill Clinton as he began his first term and found the conservative Mr. Shelby to be a real irritant.

Unhappy with Mr. Shelby’s commentary on the new president’s economic plan, the Clinton White House raised the prospect of shipping some NASA jobs from Huntsville, Ala., to the Johnson Space Center in Texas. The White House went so far as to limit Mr. Shelby to a single pass to a White House celebration of the University of Alabama’s 1992 national title football team — a brutal slap, in Crimson Tide terms.

“I was the one who came up with the phrase, the taxman cometh,” Mr. Shelby recalled in an interview. “That just set him off.”

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Presidents of both parties have often overplayed their efforts to strong-arm a member of Congress. It’s often not effective. In Mr. Shelby’s case, it even accelerated his switch to the Republican Party.

Now, the Trump administration has been under scrutiny for its actions toward Senators Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, also a Republican of Alaska, after Mr. Sullivan let it be known last week that he got what he perceived to be a threatening phone call from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke after Ms. Murkowski’s opposition to advancing a Republican health care proposal.

Mr. Sullivan told The Alaska Dispatch News that Mr. Zinke, whose department controls considerable resources in Alaska, had phoned both senators to let them know the state’s relationship with the Trump administration had been put in jeopardy by Ms. Murkowski’s vote. Howls of outrage followed, along with accusations of White House extortion.

On Sunday, Mr. Zinke, a former congressman from Montana, addressed the issue with reporters during an official stop in Nevada and called the accusation that he had threatened the lawmakers “laughable.”

Whether the phone calls were misinterpreted or not, it was certainly a ham-handed effort. Every decision the administration now makes in regard to Alaska will be interpreted through the lens of the health care dispute and seen as some kind of punishment of innocent residents if the state suffers.

Not to mention the fact that Mr. Zinke was put in the position of challenging a lawmaker who oversees his budget and policy programs. Ms. Murkowski is the chairwoman of both the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the appropriations subcommittee that funds the Interior Department. She arguably has more control over some aspects of the agency than the secretary has.

“In my experience, it is not wise for a cabinet secretary to bully the person who controls his purse strings,” said David Hayes, the former deputy secretary of the interior during the Obama administration, who has worked closely with Ms. Murkowski. “It’s very curious: He seems to have the relationship backward. In many respects, she is his boss.”

Ms. Murkowski’s stance against the administration is likely to bolster her at home in the short term. Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, who joined Ms. Murkowski in consistently opposing the president last week, received spontaneous applause from people who were awaiting their flights when she arrived at the Bangor, Me., airport last Friday.

“People admire independence, and I’ll bet they admire it even more in Alaska,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, predicting such pressure tactics would fail — a common sentiment on Capitol Hill.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I’ve seldom seen threats to be very effective,” said Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri.

In fact, the opposite tack has usually proved more effective, with lawmakers more likely to bend when offered benefits and goodies for their states. Carrots have produced more congressional wins than sticks.

Mr. Shelby said that when the Clinton White House began discussing the job moves, he returned home and held a news conference to announce that “my vote is not for sale or lease to anybody, because it belongs to the people of Alabama.”

“Wow,” he said, “the people rallied around me.”

The Clinton administration ultimately backed off, but Mr. Shelby bolted for the Republican Party the day after Republicans swept into control of Congress in November 1994.

He said the entire exercise of turning the screws on senators can be counterproductive.

“Tomorrow is another day up here,” he said. “Murkowski, I’m sure, will be with us on a lot of votes.”

The administration pushback is part of the life of the swing lawmaker, the one with the potential to make the difference between victory and defeat on important issues.

Jim Jeffords, a Republican senator from Vermont, was consistently under pressure from Republican White Houses over his career as he resisted tax cuts and other budget policies. He, too, suffered a White House snub in 2001 when he was not invited to a Rose Garden ceremony to celebrate the teacher of the year — a Vermonter. The White House and its allies also made noises about rejiggering the New England Dairy Compact, a major Vermont issue.

Like Mr. Shelby, Mr. Jeffords ultimately left his party and stunned Washington by becoming an independent in May 2001, handing control of the Senate to the Democrats for most of the first two years of President George W. Bush’s term.

So if there is a lesson to be drawn from the experiences of Senators Shelby and Jeffords, it’s that too much hardball from the White House can sometimes lead a lawmaker to decide to play for the other team.

 

Courtesy: New York Times

Who is John Kelly, Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff?

From US Marine to the face of Donald Trump’s immigration policy, John Kelly now has become the White House’s highest-ranking employee. But how did he get there? DW takes a look at the retired general’s rise.

John Kelly

John Kelly “will bring new structure to the White House,” said presiding White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the unveiling of his appointment.

Kelly, a native Bostonian and retired military general, was sworn in on Monday as US President Donald Trump’s chief of staff after serving six months as secretary of homeland security, a role that he used to enact a stringent policy of mass detentions of irregular migrants.

Shortly after the White House announced the resignation of press secretary Anthony Scaramucci, Sanders said that “all staff” are expected to report to Kelly.  The departure from office was widely seen by analysts as Kelly cleaning house within the administration.

Kelly’s just-started stint in the White House is the next stage of his political career that follows extensive experience as a US serviceman.

From Marine to general

Kelly began his career in the US Marines by enlisting in 1970. After being discharged in 1972, he returned as a commissioned officer in 1976.

Despite serving as special assistant to NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe beginning in 1999, Kelly made his military career mark while serving in Iraq. He served first in 2002 as assistant division commander for the 1st Marine Division before becoming the commander of Task Force Tripoli in 2003 after the fall of Baghdad.

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He assumed command of coalition forces operating in western Iraq in 2008. After a year, he returned to the US, where he became the senior military assistant to former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in 2011.

In 2012, Kelly was appointed commander of US Southern Command, which oversees military operations in South America, Central America and the Caribbean, including the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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While serving as the head of Southern Command, the general told the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2015 that human trafficking on the US-Mexico border posed an existential threat to the country.

“In my opinion, the relative ease with which human smugglers moved tens of thousands of people to our nation’s doorstep also serves as another warning sign: these smuggling routes are a potential vulnerability to our homeland,” he said. “Terrorist organizations could seek to leverage those same smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States.”

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Surviving the White House

Kelly retired from the military in January 2016, a move that effectively marked his shift to civilian life. Roughly one year later, Trump appointed him as secretary of homeland security.

In that position, Kelly was in charge of more than 240,000 employees, including border patrol agents, the Secret Service and the agency in charge of overseeing immigration and naturalization.

Kelly continues to be a major proponent of Trump’s proposal to build a border wall. The president has described his now chief of staff as a “true star of my administration.”

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Reince Priebus Is Forced Out as Trump’s Chief of Staff

Reince Priebus, who has served as President Trump’s chief of staff for six months, has been pushed out of the White House. Michael D. Shear, a reporter for The New York Times, explains what this shake-up means.

By ROBIN LINDSAY, MICHAEL D. SHEAR and A.J. CHAVAR on Publish DateJuly 29, 2017. Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »

WASHINGTON — Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff who failed to impose order on a chaos-racked West Wing, was pushed out on Friday after a stormy six-month tenure, and President Trump replaced him with John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security and retired four-star Marine general.

Mr. Trump announced the change via Twitter while sitting aboard Air Force One on a tarmac outside Washington minutes after returning from Long Island. Mr. Priebus, who had joined the president on the trip and never let on to other passengers what was about to occur, stepped off the plane into a drenching rain, ducked into a car and was driven away without comment.

Mr. Trump then emerged under a large umbrella and praised his outgoing and incoming chiefs. “Reince is a good man,” Mr. Trump shouted to nearby reporters. “John Kelly will do a fantastic job. General Kelly has been a star, done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody, a great, great, American. But Reince Priebus — a good man.”

Mr. Priebus’s ouster was the latest convulsion in a White House that has been whipsawed by feuds and political setbacks in recent days. The president became convinced that Mr. Priebus was not strong enough to run the White House operation and told him two weeks ago that he wanted to make a change, according to White House officials. Intrigued at the idea of putting a general in charge, Mr. Trump offered the job to Mr. Kelly a few days ago.

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Mr. Priebus said he had tendered his resignation to the president on Thursday, the same day the newly appointed White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, was quoted vowing to force the chief of staff out. Even so, as late as Friday morning, Mr. Priebus told colleagues that he thought he would have a week before the announcement to make a graceful exit, but he evidently learned otherwise later in the day. Mr. Kelly will take over the corner office in the West Wing on Monday.

Mr. Priebus said after the announcement that he had always made clear to Mr. Trump that when the president thought it was time for a new chief, he would support that. “The president has a right to change directions,” he said on CNN. “The president has a right to hit a reset button. I think it’s a good time to hit the reset button.”

He expressed no bitterness about his removal. “I’m always going to be a Trump fan,” he said. “I’m on Team Trump, and I look forward to helping him achieve his goals and his agenda for the American people.”

Mr. Kelly will be the first current or former general to serve as White House chief of staff since Alexander M. Haig in the final stretch of President Richard M. Nixon’s administration. Some advisers to Mr. Trump opposed the choice, arguing that Mr. Kelly did not have the political background for the job.

“The president needs someone who understands the Trump constituency as his chief of staff, someone who has both administrative skills and political savvy,” Roger Stone, Mr. Trump’s off-and-on adviser, said, anticipating Mr. Kelly’s selection before the announcement was made.

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Gen. John F. Kelly in April. President Trump has replaced Mr. Priebus with Mr. Kelly as the chief of staff.CreditGabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

The rainy Friday afternoon shake-up added to the sense of instability in Mr. Trump’s White House. In six months in office, he has fired a national security adviser, an F.B.I. director and a holdover acting attorney general, while his White House press secretary, communications director, deputy chief of staff, deputy national security adviser and legal team spokesman have all left.

Privately, even Mr. Priebus’s critics wondered how Mr. Kelly would surmount the same challenges — controlling a freewheeling president who often circumvents paid staff members by seeking counsel from a roster of outside advisers.

Other aides were left to wonder about their own future. Mr. Trump has considered pushing out Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, according to a White House official who discussed internal deliberations on the condition of anonymity. Several conservative supporters of Mr. Bannon — including Representative Mark Meadows, the House Freedom Caucus chairman — told Mr. Trump on Friday that the president would risk losing base supporters if he let the strategist go.

Mr. Bannon also helped bring Mr. Kelly into the administration during the transition, and was among those who supported his move to chief of staff, an official familiar with his position said.

Mr. Priebus’s departure was announced 15 hours after the president’s signature drive to repeal his predecessor’s health care program collapsed on the Senate floor and a day after an ugly feud with Mr. Scaramucci erupted in a public airing of the deep animosities plaguing the White House. Mr. Priebus had collaborated with his ally, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, on health care and pushed a bill through the House only to watch it crater in the upper chamber.

“My view is Reince was very well liked by the president, but Donald Trump is a guy who’s all about results, and he will always be looking not only at everyone around him and their results, but his own results,” said Christopher Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax Media and a friend of the president’s. “I think he’s taking stock and seeing that this health care thing that was promised to him by Reince and Paul Ryan was not properly developed. In my view, he’s a disappointed customer.”

Mr. Priebus, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, represented the establishment that Mr. Trump had run against and never won the president’s full confidence nor was granted the authority to impose a working organizational structure on a West Wing that included multiple power centers, including the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Always seeming to be on the edge, Mr. Priebus had hoped to last a full year, but in the end no other White House chief of staff has been forced out after such a short tenure.

Mr. Kushner soured on Mr. Priebus, partly because of what he viewed as the shortcomings of Sean Spicer, an ally of Mr. Priebus’s who was the White House press secretary until last week. Other top aides bristled at Mr. Priebus’s demeanor or suspected that he was undermining them, while an alliance of convenience with Mr. Bannon seemed to fade in recent weeks.

Mr. Trump signaled Mr. Priebus’s fate a week ago by hiring Mr. Scaramucci over the chief of staff’s objections. Mr. Priebus had blocked Mr. Scaramucci from joining the White House staff for six months, and Mr. Spicer resigned in protest.

Mr. Priebus and Mr. Spicer had told the president that they believed Mr. Scaramucci, a gregarious but edgy hedge fund manager and fund-raiser, lacked the required political experience and organizational skills. In the end, however, those warnings fell on deaf ears and, adding insult to injury, Mr. Scaramucci made clear when he was hired that he reported not to Mr. Priebus, but directly to the president.

Mr. Scaramucci quickly engaged in open war against Mr. Priebus — with the president’s encouragement. By Wednesday, the new communications chief publicly suggested that the chief of staff was a leaker and threatened to seek an F.B.I. inquiry.

On Thursday evening, The New Yorker posted an interview with Mr. Scaramucci that included a profanity-laced tirade against Mr. Priebus. He called Mr. Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” who had leaked information against him, and vowed to get the chief of staff fired. “He’ll be asked to resign very shortly,” Mr. Scaramucci said.

Mr. Priebus let the insults go unanswered, and on Friday morning both men were in close quarters together aboard Air Force One with the president flying to Long Island for an event about gangs. Others on the plane said Mr. Priebus had given no indication of what was to come.

“We didn’t even know it,” said Representative Peter King, Republican of New York, who was on board. “We were sitting right across from him and he kept a poker face.”

Mr. Priebus, who was raised in Wisconsin, rose through the ranks of the Republican Party to be his state’s chairman, establishing relationships with party donors and taking over the national party in 2011.

During last year’s campaign, Mr. Priebus was slow to embrace Mr. Trump’s candidacy, and the president, who sometimes called him “Reincey” in private, never let his chief of staff forget it. Mr. Trump often reminded people around him that Mr. Priebus had suggested that he consider dropping out after an “Access Hollywood” tape of Mr. Trump’s crude remarks about women was made public in October.

At one point in the campaign, Mr. Trump dismissed Mr. Priebus by saying, “We’re not dealing with a five-star Army general.”

But he put that aside to hire Mr. Priebus to help guide him through a capital that had never seen a president who had not served in politics or the military. Despite their differences, Mr. Trump summoned Mr. Priebus onstage on election night to praise him as a “superstar” and compare him to the horse Secretariat.

“I’ll tell you, Reince is really a star,” Mr. Trump said, using language that he would repeat less than a year later about the man he picked to replace Mr. Priebus.

Correction: July 29, 2017
An earlier version of this article misidentified the state where Reince Priebus was born. He is a native of New Jersey, not of Wisconsin.

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Scaramucci tirade reveals White House infighting

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has launched an expletive-ridden tirade against White House rivals. After railing against Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, he said he would fire all his own staff.

President Donald Trump’s new communications director has laid bare internal feuding in the White House, unleashing a tirade of foul language at top officials in the West Wing in an interview published on Thursday.

Anthony Scaramucci called White House chief of staff Reince Priebus a “f*****g paranoid schizophrenic” and accused him of being behind leaks that threatened to undermine the Trump presidency.

The comments were published in the New Yorker after the new communications director on Wednesday night called a journalist who reported that Scaramucci was having dinner with Trump, the first lady, former Fox News executive Bill Shine and Sean Hannity.

Unlike Steve Bannon, Scaramucci said he was not trying “to suck my own c**k,” accusing the White House chief strategist of trying to use Trump to boost his own image. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f****g strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country,” the communications director said.

Scaramucci demanded that New Yorker journalist Ryan Lizza tell him the name of person who leaked information about the dinner, saying that he would fire the entire White House communications staff to root out leaks.

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He then accused Priebus of being behind the leaks and suggested the chief of staff would be leaving the White House soon.

President Trump has been trying to stop leaks within his administration.

The New Yorker’s Lizza said Scaramucci failed to say that the telephone conversation was off the record.

Scaramucci on Wednesday wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted that he would get the FBI and Justice Department to investigate the leaks. In the tweet, Scaramucci seemed to imply that Priebus was behind a report in Politico about his finances.

It later emerged that his financial record forms were accessed by a Politico reporter through a public records request.

Scaramucci later tweeted that he added Priebus to the deleted tweet to say that he was helping end leaks within the White House.

Scaramucci, a millionaire New York financier, arrived at the White House only last week when Sean Spicer resigned as communications director.

There is reportedly bad blood between Scaramucci and Priebus after the chief of staff blocked Scaramucci from taking up a position in the new administration earlier this year.

Scaramucci later tweeted he regretted using “colorful language.”

I sometimes use colorful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump‘s agenda.

He also added that he made a mistake trusting a reporter.

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