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Priebus Allies: White House Chaos 'Unsustainable,' Trump 'Demeaned' Him

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Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (AP)

By    |   Friday, 28 Jul 2017 10:03 PM

Reince Priebus quit as chief of staff Thursday because the internal discord at the White House had become "unsustainable" and because he felt President Donald Trump's treatment demeaning, several Priebus allies told The Washington Post on Friday.

"One friend said Priebus told him he was frustrated that he could not assert control over basic White House functions," the Post reports.

These include "policy development, communications and even formal announcements – which sometimes were made impulsively by the president."

The report cited Trump's tweets Wednesday announcing the transgender ban for the U.S. military.

The supporters also said that Preibus had been given "an impossible job of managing a president who chafed at attempts to control his more rash impulses."

However, Trump decided that Priebus should go, White House officials "privately" told the Post.

Preibus told CNN later Friday that he had tendered his resignation Thursday and that Trump had accepted it.

He said that he did not disclose the change to his staff, presiding over his regular morning meeting of senior staff and accompanying Trump to New York for a speech about efforts to stop the MS-13 street gang.

The Post described Priebus' departure as "a humiliating coda for what had been a largely demeaning tenure during which he endured regular belittling from rival advisers – and even, at times, the president himself."

One Republican strategist dubbed the incident as "the red wedding," referring to a mass-murder episode of "Game of Thrones" on HBO, the Post reports.

After Air Force One landed at Joint Base Andrews from New York, Priebus, Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and social media director Dan Scavino got into one SUV in the president's motorcade, according to the report.

However, Miller and Scavino got out shortly thereafter as news photographers moved closer to take pictures of Priebus in the vehicle.

The SUV then left the Trump motorcade, "which proceeded along to the White House without him," the Post reports.

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Reince Priebus quit as chief of staff Thursday because the internal discord at the White House had become "unsustainable" and because he felt President Donald Trump's treatment demeaning, several Priebus allies told The Washington Post on Friday.
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