Well, any thoughts? Does this look like it’s shaping up to be a good Trump administration? Or are all those “protesters” right and the world as we know it will be ending once Obama leaves?
President-elect Donald Trump named Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, his transition team announced Sunday – while also elevating Steven Bannon, who helped chart Trump’s rise to victory with relentless attacks on his opponents to a prominent role as ‘chief strategist.’
The duel appointments signaled the real estate mogul’s desire to reassure the Republican Party as he gets closer to governing, while not walking away from members of an angry, anti-establishment voters who helped him take over.
The news of the appointment of Priebus, one of the most important moves of Trump’s new transition, signals a more traditional approach to governing – though it might not be what some of Trump’s millions of fed up supporters were expecting when the candidate promised to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington by taking on entrenched forces.
‘I am thrilled to have my very successful team continue with me in leading our country,’ Trump said in a statement.
‘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 as we work to make America great again.’
‘Reince is a superstar,’ Trump said during his election night victory speech.
The official release mentioned Bannon’s appointment first, followed by that of Priebus.
Political kremlinologists were left to guess whether Bannon’s appointment meant Trump was unwilling to relinquish some of the brass tacks tactics that got him elected.
Neither man has served in government previously. Priebus has held a variety of party posts in Wisconsin and in at the RNC.
Although the release didn’t describe the counselor role, it is one that has been filled in the past by George W. Bush political guru Karl Rove, and by President Barack Obama’s political mind David Axelrod.
It was still to be determined what if any blowback Trump might encounter from more mainstream conservatives for the elevation of Bannon, who helped design his stunning electoral victory, but made his mark at a political website that has been criticized as home to anti-immigrant and anti-semitic ‘alt-right’ sentiment.
According to the southern poverty law center: ‘The outlet has undergone a noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas – all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘alt-right.”
‘The racist, fascist extreme right is represented footsteps from the Oval Office. Be very vigilant America,’ tweeted GOP strategist John Weaver, a leading advisor for Ohio Governor John Kasich, who lost to Trump in the primaries.
Priebus, who helped negotiate the ‘pledge’ about supporting the ultimate winner during the contentious GOP primary and who stood by Trump even as other powerful members of the establishment kept their distance, emerged as a leading choice immediately after the election.
Another leading candidate thought to be under consideration for the chief of staff post was Bannon, the campaign CEO, former Goldman Sachs banker and chief of Breitbart News.
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