Politicians react to chief of staff shake-up as John Kelly replaces Reince Priebus

Politicians respond to news of Priebus' departure.

In a statement, Priebus said, "It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve this President and our country. I want to thank the President for giving me this very special opportunity." Priebus said he would continue to support Trump, adding that he would "continue to serve as a strong supporter of the President's agenda and policies."

"I can't think of a better person than General John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success," said Priebus.

Kelly wrote in a statement, "I have been fortunate to have served my country for more than 45 years - first as a Marine and then as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. I am honored to be asked to serve as the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States."

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that he was “[g]rateful to Reince for his friendship and service to America,” adding that Priebus has “been a huge part of our success!”

Pence also congratulated Kelly, writing, “I know you will do a great job!”

On Thursday, Ryan had urged Priebus and new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci to “sit down and settle” their differences, amongst speculation of disagreement in the White House.

Kelly, he continued, is “a remarkable Marine who has served his country his entire life.”

Many other Republican lawmakers commented on the staffing change.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a statement “Reince Priebus is a good friend. I thank him for his service and wish him the best of luck going forward.” Johnson called Kelly “an outstanding leader who has served his country honorably.”

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., tweeted that Priebus “did a good job as chief of staff. His expertise & relationships with Congress benefited the White House in many ways.”