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Trump's chief of staff Priebus to head back to DC after Saudi stop
May 22, 2017 / 3:50 AM / 6 months ago

Trump's chief of staff Priebus to head back to DC after Saudi stop

RIYADH (Reuters) - White House chief of staff Reince Priebus will not be joining President Donald Trump for his full trip through the Middle East and Europe.

U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L-R), Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, delivers remarks to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

He is returning to Washington after doing only the Saudi Arabia portion of the journey, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Sanders said Priebus had planned to return early, in particular because the White House is unveiling its full budget this week. Priebus traveled to Saudi Arabia with Trump on Air Force One on Friday.

Trump’s White House is battling scandals related to the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Rumors of pending staff shake-ups have been rampant almost since Trump took office in January.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler

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