Reince Priebus Gives CNN His First Interview Since Resigning


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.”

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