It should have come as no surprise to anyone that ousted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus chose CNN as the recipients of his first interview after being asked to resign. His penchant for giving them information played a major role in his dismissal. Why stop just because he got canned?
Putting on the “brave soldier sacrificing for the good of the nation” charade, Priebus was supportive of President Trump and the administration in the interview. He had to be; to be vindictive or critical of the President would be just more self-inflicted wounds. He is alleged to have betrayed the confidence of the President numerous times and if that led to his removal from his position, he has nobody but himself to blame.
Blitzer asks, “Why did you make that important decision to resign?” Of course he didn’t answer the why, he couldn’t just say because I got busted for leaking. Instead he responded, “Well, it was something that I’ve always talked to the President about, which is, I’ve always said to him and he’s always agreed with me.
Priebus detailed, “Any time either one of us think that we need to make a change or move in a different direction, let’s just talk about it and get it done. And so, I think the President thought about that and we talked about it yesterday and I resigned and he accepted my resignation.”
He says, “But this is about the President, it’s about moving his agenda forward. I think he made a smart decision with General Kelly and I think he’s going to do a great job. And I’m looking forward to the future. One other thing, I’m always going to be a Trump fan. I’m on team Trump and I look forward to helping him achieve his goals and his agenda for the American people.”
That still didn’t answer Blitzer’s question, so he asked again, “But why did you resign? I’m still trying to understand. I understand that you told the President you wanted to resign, he accepted your resignation yesterday, but why? What, were there a series of issues, was there one thing that came up and you decided, ‘You know what – I no longer can do this?'”
Priebus continues with the ambiguous, “I think the President wanted to go in a different direction.” Yeah, Reince, he wants to go in that what’s private inside the White House doesn’t immediately get deposited on a reporter’s voice mail direction. That will be different.
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