WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement thanking General Kelly for his service as White House chief of staff, following the announcement of his departure: 

John Kelly is a patriot. Service to America is part of his DNA, and our country is better for his duty at the White House. During this time he has become a dear friend and trusted partner. He was a force for order, clarity, and good sense. He is departing what is often a thankless job, but John Kelly has my eternal gratitude.”