Reince Priebus gave his first interview since he resigned Thursday. He must have disappointed the CNN audience when he said Trump “wanted to go a different direction” and he has a “right” to do it.
“Look, the President wanted to go a different direction. I support him in that,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”
“I’m doing great,” Priebus said. “I’ve been obviously talking to the President for a few days about this. … the President was great.”
John Kelly, the DHS Secretary, will be the new Chief of Staff.
“General Kelly is a brilliant pick. … We’ll be working on a transition,” he said. “It’s not like it’s a situation where there’s a lot of ill feelings. I think this is good for the President.”
Priebus said his decision to resign was a mutual decision. The former chief of staff defended the President.
“Anytime 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,” he said of his relationship with the President. “He has the best political instincts.”
He said he is still a fan of the president’s.
“I’m going to honor the President every day,” he said, repeatedly adding, “I’m not going to get into this personal stuff.”
“I think bringing in a fresh face, I think bringing in fresh people, is a good thing,” he said. “As for John Kelly, I know he’s going to be great.”