Congress tweets on Priebus exit: 'Dear White House Chief of Staff John Kelly: Good luck.'
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - When President Donald Trump took to Twitter late Friday afternoon to announce Reince Priebus was no longer his chief of staff, members of Congress were quick to react on the social media site.
Republicans thanked Priebus for his "exemplary" service and praised his replacement, Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John F. Kelly, while Democrats lamented the "musical chairs" of White House staff members.
Below is a collection of tweets sent out by senators and representatives shortly after Trump's online announcement.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
"John Kelly is a great American. Anna and I are proud to call him and his wife, Karen, friends. He's an outstanding choice.
"Thanks to Reince Priebus for his service to our country.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
"I've had serious concerns about Sec. Kelly and DHS' immigration policies that are detrimental to families, public safety and our economy.
"I will closely scrutinize the next nominee to run this critical department."
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
"Reince did an exemplary job under extraordinary circumstances. Best of luck to him and his wonderful family in their next chapter."
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
".@Reince is a good friend and I wish him well going forward
"Reince Priebus is a good friend. I thank him for his service and wish him the best of luck going forward. Secretary Kelly is an outstanding leader who has served his country honorably and I know he will do an excellent job at the White House. I look forward to working with the administration as they choose a new leader for the Department of Homeland Security."
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.
"Reince Priebus did a good job as chief of staff. His expertise & relationships with Congress benefited the White House in many ways."
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.
"A sincere thank you to my friend Reince for his service to our nation."
U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.
"Donald Trump appears to have just fired his Chief of Staff, the highest ranking official in the White House, on Twitter."
Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.
"WH CoS Priebus didn't last 7 months. Tillerson, Sessions, Bannon, McMasters to follow? Loyalty flows only one way in this gig."
Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y.
"Trump's inability to run a functioning WH is par for the course, but that can't distract from need for a competent candidate to run @DHSgov.
"Congress must ensure Kelly's replaced by a secy who focuses on protecting our nation, not advancing an anti-immigrant, fear-mongering agenda"
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.
"Secretary Kelly is an exemplary public servant. I am grateful for his continued service to our country."
Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y.
"Yesterday #JohnKelly was building #TrumpWall. Today he's running WH operations! Makes pretty clear Trump priorities"
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz.
"One has to wonder how Gen. Kelly found out about his new position. A tweet I assume. #NewDupe"
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.
"Translation: Can't believe I have to keep kissing up to this guy. What a trainwreck!"
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.
"Flynn gone. Spicer gone. Priebus gone. Doesn't matter, 45 remains. America needs #ABetterDeal"
Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich.
"Another day of chaos at the White House, Meanwhile, the American people wait for action on a jobs plan and rebuilding our infrastructure.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.
"By putting Gen John Kelly in charge, Pres Trump is militarizing the White House & putting our executive branch in the hands of an extremist."
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.
"Dear White House Chief of Staff John Kelly: Good luck."
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M.
"7 mos. of chaos in the WH is topped with the firing of Chief of Staff, following firings of FBI Dir., Nat’l Security Advisor, & Press Sec."
Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn.
"More chaos in @realDonaldTrump's White House. Endless staff shakeups and dysfunction does nothing to help Americans."
Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass.
"No surprise @POTUS makes changes after his healthcare failure. I respect Sec Kelly, but we need more than musical chairs to fix this WH."
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif.
"Hoping the next DHS secretary is more supportive of humane immigration policies that keep communities safe and families together."
Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y.
"Often disagree with Sec. #Kelly, but at least he's a serious adult. Genuinely hope he brings some order & discipline to this reality TV WH.
"Trump admin needs to prioritize nomination of an experienced DHS Sec ready to take a tough, smart, bipartisan approach to homeland security."
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
"I could not be more proud to call @Reince a dear friend.
"Reince Priebus has left it all out on the field, for our party and our country. 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.
"I congratulate Secretary Kelly on his appointment, and look forward to working with him to advance our agenda."
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
"WH rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Their only saving grace is the icebergs have melted from #climatechange"
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.
"I'm sick of the White House being run like a reality tv show. No matter how much the personnel shifts we know the problem is at the top."
Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark.
"Thank you @Reince for your leadership and service to the White House, the Republican Party, and our country."