President Trump naming new chief of staff, ousting Reince Priebus

President Donald Trump tweeted he is naming Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as chief of staff.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump tweeted he is naming Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as chief of staff, ousting Reince Priebus.

Kelly is thanking the staff at DHS for the opportunity to serve as their secretary.

He says in a statement that, when he left the Marines, he never thought he would find as committed, as professional, as patriotic a group of individuals. He says he was wrong.

Kelly says that he is “honored to be asked” to take the job, which he starts Monday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Priebus served Trump and the American people capably, passionately and with class.

Ryan says Priebus “left it all out on the field” for the party and the country and he could not be more proud to call Priebus a “dear friend.” Both are from Wisconsin and are longtime friends.

Priebus was head of the Republican National Committee before joining the White House as chief of staff.

Ryan offered his congratulations to Kelly and said he looks forward to working with him.

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