Priebus Warned Trump Of 'Spiral Of Calamity' If Sessions Resigned

In an exchange detailed by writer Chris Whipple for a forthcoming book entitled The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, adapted in Vanity Fair, Priebus revealed Obama sat him down and suggested that the one thing a president did not need was a yes men.

Trump appointed Priebus as his chief of staff shortly after the election.

Reince Priebus says he is "slightly embarrassed" about his departure past year from the White House as chief of staff position, according to a new report.

A Republican at the meeting said: "I caught the eye of several of the others and we exchanged anxious expressions. What the hell are you talking about?'"

Priebus said he dashed out to the White House parking lot to coax Sessions back into the White House. It's not possible. We are going to talk about this right now.' So I dragged him back up to my office from the auto.

According to Priebus, he "dragged" Sessions back to his office and - with help from Vice President Mike Pence and then-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, since ousted - convinced Sessions to reconsider.

Priebus took credit for convincing Trump not to accept Sessions' letter of resignation in an interview published by Vanity Fair on Wednesday.

The episode is one of many chaotic scenes recounted in the latest book to chronicle the inner workings of the Trump White House.

Priebus tried to calm him down and defuse Trump's tantrum, but ultimately it wasn't worth fighting him. The idea would be at least they would be tweets that we could see and understand and control.

Trump's advisers "could hardly agree on whether the sky was blue or not", Priebus joked Tuesday, the newspaper reported. There are people who couldn't get in the gates.

Priebus told Whipple that Trump called him early in the morning after the inauguration to complain and vent about the Washington Post's coverage of the crowd, calling it "bullsh*t".

Directing his comments towards Priebus, he added: "That's the most important function of a chief of staff. Presidents need that".

Vanessa Coleman

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