Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is now a Navy ensign after Vice President Mike Pence swore him in on Monday, the Daily Mail reported. Priebus will serve in the Navy Reserve, be trained as an officer, and plans to go on to HR work in Washington, D.C.
The 47-year-old is one of a few former White House officials to take advantage of a special program allowing some to bypass regular officer training and attend a special, accelerated program. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also attended the same program.
Priebus left the Trump administration in July 2017 and is mentioned in the Mueller report. According to the report, Priebus refused to obey a Trump directive to fire then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The swearing-in was closed to the press, although it was listed on Pence’s official schedule. Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recommended Priebus for the program.
The current Secretary of Defense had to approve the move, which was sought while Priebus still worked in Trump’s administration.
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