Reince Priebus, former chief of staff to President Donald Trump, said in his first interview since resigning Thursday that the president “intuitively wanted to do something differently,” and he insisted they parted on good terms.
“This is not like a situation where there is a bunch of ill-will feelings,” Priebus said. “It was something that I have always talked to the president about, which is — and I have always said this to him and he always agreed with me — anytime any one of us think that we need to make a change or move into a different direction, let’s just talk about it and get it done.”
His interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer came in the wake of Trump’s Twitter announcement that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly would take his spot. Priebus called Kelly a good choice for the position and said they will work together starting Monday for a smooth transition.
“I resigned, and he accepted it,” Priebus said. “We ultimately decided that yesterday was a good day.”
Priebus also insisted that Trump did not ask him to resign, saying that the duo even discussed “a few different people together” for the position. And Priebus said that looking forward, he will probably take a vacation.
“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,” Priebus said. “He knows, I think, intuitively when things need to change.”
Preibus batted away questions about White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, whose profanity-laced interview with The New Yorker included disparaging remarks about him.
“I’m not going to get into that personal stuff,” he said. “The president is a professional and I’m a professional.”