Reince Priebus is out as his chief of staff, and Mr. Trump wants John F. Kelly, the Homeland Security secretary and a fellow hard-liner against illegal immigration, to replace him. Above, Mr. Priebus, hours before the announcements.
The dismissal came the day after it was revealed that Anthony Scaramucci, the White House communications director, had called Mr. Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic” and smeared Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, in a profanity-laden rant. Mr. Scaramucci’s vulgarities challenged news organizations.
3. The shake-up may have ramifications for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, shown above center in December, helping celebrate President Trump’s election. Anthony Scaramucci is one of his sharpest critics, while Mr. Bannon and Mr. Priebus have urged Mr. Trump to spare him.
Senate Republicans have formed a cordon around Mr. Sessions, their longtime colleague from Alabama, and residents there are siding with him over the president they helped elect.
4. With the Republican base frustrated by the turmoil in Washington, the administration delivered a one-two punch to L.G.B.T.Q. Americans, leaving gay rights advocates furious.
On the day that the Justice Department filed court papers arguing that a major civil rights law does not protect gay and lesbian employees from discrimination, the president announced via Twitter that transgender people would be barred from the military.
A blindsided military said that until the administration worked through official channels, transgender people could still serve.
5. On Russia, President Trump appears to be bowing to Congress, even at the risk of escalating tension with Moscow. Above, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
The White House said he would sign a bill imposing sweeping sanctions on Russia — and limiting his own ability to lift them — for Russia’s suspected meddling in the…