Sunday, 13 November 2016

US President-Elect Trump Chooses Priebus as White House chief of staff & Bannon as top adviser

President-elect Donald J. Trump on Sunday chose Reince Priebus to serve as his White House chief of staff, and also named Mr. Bannon to be his senior counselor and chief West Wing strategist.

The choice of Priebus, a loyal campaign ally to Trump who has close ties with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, signaled a willingness to work with Ryan and the Republican-led Congress to get his agenda passed.

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“I am thrilled to have my very successful team continue with me in leading our country. Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory. Now I will have them both with me in the White House,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump, who defeated Democrat, Hillary Clinton will take office on January 20, 2017, succeeding Democratic President Barack Obama.

The Republican president-elect has been working on his transition to the White House since Tuesday’s election win over Democrat, and contemplating the candidates for top jobs in his administration.

The chief of staff position, which serves as a gatekeeper and agenda-setter for the president, is typically one of the most important early choices for an incoming president.

The choice of Priebus as chief of staff could anger some Trump supporters counting on him, as he said during the campaign, to “drain the swamp” of business-as-usual Washington insiders.

Trump and his advisers already have signaled he may hedge on some of his major campaign promises, including on immigration, healthcare and appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.

US President-Elect, Trump, Chief-of-Staff, Reince Priebus, Adviser, Bannon