John Kelly, the Trump administration’s newest staffer, wasn’t the only chief of staff who spent Friday acclimating to his new position: So was Vice President Mike Pence’s new chief of staff, Nick Ayers, who was sworn in Friday and officially assumes the role on Tuesday.
But given the announcement Friday of the resignation of White House chief of staff Reince Preibus, it’s not surprising that Ayer’s swearing-in was eclipsed by the Oval Office staff shake-up.
“Congrats to @Nick_Ayers for being sworn-in as my Chief of Staff,” Pence tweeted, along with photos of Ayers being sworn in, next to his wife and children. “Excited to welcome you & great having your family at @WhiteHouse today.”
Ayers retweeted Pence, adding a shout-out to his new colleague, “Honored and humbled beyond words. Excited to partner with General Kelly to serve and support @POTUS and @VP #MAGA.”
Unlike the Preibus-Kelly shakeup, which took some by surprise, the vice president’s change in staff lacks similar drama and intrigue.
Pence’s office announced in late June that Ayers, a longtime political operative from Georgia who advised Pence during the 2016 campaign and while he served as Indiana governor, would in August replace Josh Pitcock.
“I am pleased to welcome Nick Ayers to the Office of the Vice President,” Pence said in a statement at the time. “During my years as Governor, then as a candidate and serving as Vice President, I have come to appreciate Nick’s friendship, keen intellect and integrity and I couldn’t be more excited to have him come to the White House as my Chief of Staff. I am sincerely grateful to him, and his wife Jamie, for their willingness to serve our office and this administration.”
And Ayers, who has been a leader of the pro-Trump outside group America First Policies, said, “I have such deep respect and admiration for the Pence’s and believe so deeply in the policies the Vice President and the President are fighting for. Leaving Georgia –- albeit…