President Trump may call CNN “fake news,” but his former White House chief of staff chose the 24-hour news network for his first interview in the wake of the announcement that he had resigned.
Reince Preibus sat down with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s The Situation Room on Friday to explain the decision behind his exit.
“I think the president wanted to go a different direction,” Priebus said. “I support him in that. The president has a right to change directions, the president has a right to hit the reset button. … It was something that I think the White House needs. I think it’s healthy. And I support him in it.”
Preibus, who said he resigned Thursday, praised Trump’s hiring of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as the new chief of staff. “This is about the president. It’s about moving his agenda forward. I think he’s made a smart decision with General Kelly,” he said.
The president announced that he would be replacing Preibus with Kelly via Twitter on Friday afternoon. The announcement came before news of Preibus’ resignation was made public.
Preibus stressed that there no hard feelings behind the decision. “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,” he said.
Preibus’ resignation comes a week after Sean Spicer resigned as Trump’s press secretary — a decision prompted by the president’s appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House director of communications. In an R-rated interview with The New Yorker, Scaramucci claimed Priebus would be “asked to resign very shortly.”
The former White House chief of staff is set to appear on Fox News’ Hannity on Friday at 10 p.m. ET to further discuss his resignation.