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.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at



  • Geoff Young for Congress wrote on August 02, 2017 09:49 AM :

    The headline, “Russia preemptively responds to U.S. sanctions,” is shoddy, biased reporting. I don’t enjoy having to make critical comments like that, but the headline is factually incorrect. Russia was responding – that’s accurate – but they’re responding to a very large number of hostile actions taken by the U.S. Government over a period of many months. The ignorant sanctions bill passed overwhelmingly by neocons in the U.S. House & Senate was merely the last straw. Russia has been extremely patient & diplomatic with Washington’s hostile actions & maniacally hostile words, and many would consider Russia’s response to be a measured, diplomatic one. Please run a correction of that headline.

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