Ryan, who represents Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, which represents southeast Wisconsin and Kenosha County, also congratulated Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on his new role as chief of staff. He offered a local connection to the Trump administration.
"It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve this President and our country", Priebus said in his formal statement today before the CNN sit-down. Anna and I are proud to call him and his wife, Karen, friends.
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Speaking to reporters as he arrived back in Washington from Long Island, N.Y. - where earlier Friday he delivered a speech on gang violence - Trump praised Kelly, calling him "a great great American" and added that Priebus is "a good man".
Priebus' hold on the White House job has always been in question, more so this week after Trump's new communications director badmouthed him to a reporter for the New Yorker. Trump has previously lost a deputy chief of staff, national security adviser, communications director and press secretary.
Kelly is a retired Marine Corps general and could bring military-style discipline to a White House undercut by insider quarrels. He is now the third general in Trump's group of top advisers.
Priebus later assured Blitzer that he was not asked to resign by the president, but Priebus "offered my resignation and he accepted it".
He also said that he doesn't support the idea of registering people based on their religion or ethnicity and also said he doesn't think religion should be used as the foundation for law enforcement or counterrorism operations.
"We didn't even know it". Priebus said he and the president discussed several options for his replacement, and Priebus thought Kelly was a "smart" pick. "We were sitting right across from him and he kept a poker face", King said, referring to Priebus.