Ryan: Priebus 'left it all out on the field'

Ryan: Priebus 'left it all out on the field'
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAppeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers FEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday MORE (R-Wis.) on Friday praised his close friend Reince Priebus after his abrupt departure as White House chief of staff.

"Reince Priebus has left it all out on the field, for our party and our country," Ryan said of his fellow Wisconsite in a statement.

"Here is a guy from Kenosha, Wisconsin who revitalized the Republican National Committee and became White House chief of staff. He has served the president and the American people capably and passionately. He has achieved so much, and he has done it all with class. I could not be more proud to call Reince a dear friend," Ryan added.

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Priebus, the former head of the RNC before joining the Trump administration starting in January as White House chief of staff, quietly resigned on Thursday, sources told The Hill.

President Trump announced on Friday that he was replacing Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a four-star Marine general. 

"I congratulate Secretary Kelly on his appointment, and look forward to working with him to advance our agenda," Ryan said.

Priebus's departure comes amid a shakeup of the White House staff following the naming of Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci last week as the new communications director.

Ryan had said on Thursday that he believed Priebus had Trump's confidence.