In a surpriseā€”but not too surprisingā€”move on Friday, Donald Trump announced that Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly would be joining the White House as Chief of Staff, replacing current occupant Reince Priebus.

The announcement followed several days of public acrimony between Trumpā€™s newly hired communications director Anthony Scaramucci and Priebus, whom Scaramucci referred to as a ā€œfucking paranoid schizophrenic,ā€ in an on-the-record interview with The New Yorkerā€™s Ryan Lizza.


Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, has played a key role in the White Houseā€™s ongoing anti-immigration efforts, particularly as they pertain to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, a section of DHS.

It remains unclear who will replace Kelly as head of DHS. Whomever Trump selects could face a bruising confirmation battle, as Capitol Hill finds itself less and less willing to acquiesce to the presidentā€™s whims. They will nevertheless be handed the reigns of a massive detention and deportation enterprise, which, under the Trump White House, has helped execute the administrationā€™s nationalist, isolationist agenda.

This is a developing story, and will be updated as details are made available.