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Inside Source Captures the Humiliating Moment Reince Priebus Was Fired

President Donald Trump shocked the political establishment this week when he made the sudden announcement that he was replacing White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Now, Americans are getting an inside glimpse at the moments surrounding Priebus’s firing. The shake-up was first mentioned publicly on Twitter, but a small group of journalists were watching nearby as Priebus heard about the news for the first time.

Priebus had spent the day travelling with Trump and other key staff. The announcement that he was fired came as a total surprise, and he was left sitting alone on the airplane runway.

Here’s a play-by-play of the Priebus firing, gathered by reporter Benny Johnson at Independent Journal Review:

  • The firing occurred upon the president’s return from Long Island after giving a speech about gang violence.
  • As Air Force One was taxiing on the runway at Joint Base Andrews, Trump sent the initial tweets announcing the shake-up. The situation was an awkward one because of the fact that Priebus had traveled with the president that day.
  • According to the White House pool report, Priebus spent his final moments as White House chief of staff with other administration officials, in the pouring rain, sitting in a van.
  • Once the tweet was public, those White House staffers still employed left van, and Reince was all alone.
  • Priebus then watched the presidential motorcade zip off to the White House without him. … It was like a coordinated Mafia hit.

Trump sent out a short string of Twitter posts this week to announce his decision to replace Priebus with General John F. Kelly:

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