(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has named DHS Chief John Kelly as his new chief of staff after Reince Priebus resigned from his post Thursday.
“I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration,” Trump tweeted Friday.
Kelly is expected to serve in his new capacity on Monday.
The president also thanked Priebus “for his service and dedication to his country,” adding that he and Priebus “accomplished a lot together” and that the president was “proud” of him.
The president told reporters at Joint Base Andrews that Priebus “is a good man” and that Kelly “will do a fantastic job.”
In a statement issued Friday, 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.
“I will 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,” Priebus added.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement to reporters Friday, saying, “General John Kelly is one of the true stars of the Administration. He has helped seal the border and reduced illegal immigration by 70%. He is respected by everyone, especially the people at the Department of Homeland Security. The entire Administration loves him and no one is comparable. He will begin on Monday morning and a cabinet meeting will follow his swearing in Monday morning.
“The President thanks Reince Priebus for his service. They accomplished a lot together. He was loyal in his dedication to the President. The President thanks him and his family for his great service to the country, and he will always be a member of the Trump Team,” she said.
When asked whether it Priebus or the president’s decision for Priebus to resign, Sanders said, “We all serve at the pleasure of the president. The conversations about this started with the president and Reince about two weeks ago, in terms of timing. I know everybody’s got a lot of questions on that.”
Sanders said Priebus’s resignation had nothing to with White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. She wouldn’t say when she found out about the decision.
When asked whether the his resignation signals a change in direction for the Trump administration, Sanders said, “Look, I think the president has been clear about his agenda since he started running for president. That certainly hasn’t changed.”
According to Sanders, Kelly and the president have been talking about him serving as chief of staff “for a while.”
When asked when Kelly was offered the job, Sanders said, “They’ve been talking about it for a while.”
When asked what Priebus’s resignation means for the White House’s relationship with the Republican Party, Sanders said, “We’ve got a good relationship. We’re going to continue working with the party, and we’re going to continue doing what we came here to do.”