Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, will return to Washington after traveling with President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia, which is only the first stop of his multi-nation foreign trip.
The White House was quick to downplay Priebus’ early return to the U.S.
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the decision was pre-planned and not a spur-of-the-moment decision.
Sander’s remarks were echoed by White House assistant press secretary Natalie Strom.
“It has always been planned for Reince to return to Washington following the Saudi Arabia portion of the trip. It’s a big week in D.C. for the president’s agenda with our budget release coming soon and discussions continuing on tax reform, so he’s needed back at home for that,” Strom tells FOX Business.
The timing of Priebus’ departure raised some red flags given the speculation about his own job security and other officials in the White House such as press secretary Sean Spicer.
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The rumors about President Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus getting the boot from his job at the White House have been circulating for months. Is his trip back to D.C. related to business he needs to attend to, or will his career with the Trump administration be short-lived?