The Chatter: Priebus out, Russia preemptively responds to U.S. sanctions and North Korea

07/31/2017 11:09 AM

John Kelly was sworn in as President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff Monday morning.

Kelly left his position as head of the Department of Homeland Security after a Friday evening shake-up in the White House. The President announced on his Twitter account that Reince Priebus was out and Kelly was in.

Before joining Trump’s team, Priebus was the Republican National Committee chair. He was selected as Trump’s Chief of Staff because of his ties with the GOP in Washington. While this shake-up came as a shock to some, Priebus said he thinks the President did the right thing.

“The President has a right to change directions. The President has a right to hit a reset button,” Priebus said. “I think it’s a good time to hit the reset button.”

Russia preemptively responds to U.S. sanctions

Russia is telling the U.S. to cut its staff at its embassy and other facilities in Russia by 755 people.

The order from Russia comes after the White House announced it would sign the final version of Russian sanctions legislation sent to the President’s desk by Congress.

The bill passed the House 419-3 last Tuesday. It was then passed by the Senate 98-2 two days later.

More missile tests in North Korea

On Friday, North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that could be capable of hitting the West Coast of the U.S.

Following the launch, the President tweeted that he was very disappointed in China.

China’s Foreign Ministry sent Reuters a statement saying that the problem did not arise because of China and everyone needs to work together to find a solution.


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