President-elect Donald Trump has announced key leadership positions for his upcoming White House staff.
In a statement Sunday afternoon, Trump announced that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been selected to serve as White House Chief of Staff, one of the most powerful and influential positions in American politics. In addition, Trump announced that his campaign CEO and former Breibart News head, Stephen Bannon, would serve as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President.
Trump included a statement of support for the two hires, which read:
“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 as we work to make America great again.”
Bannon issued a statement of thanks for the President-elect’s decision to keep him on in the coming administration.
“I want to thank President-elect Trump for the opportunity to work with Reince in driving the agenda of the Trump Administration,” Bannon said. “We had a very successful partnership on the campaign, one that led to victory. We will have that same partnership in working to help President-elect Trump achieve his agenda.”
Priebus issued as statement as well, calling the Chief of Staff appointment “truly an honor, adding:
“I am very grateful to the President-elect for this opportunity to serve him and this nation as we work to create an economy that works for everyone, secure our borders, repeal and replace Obamacare and destroy radical Islamic terrorism. He will be a great President for all Americans.”
Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were pushing for Priebus to take on the role of Chief of Staff, as were many Republicans who were weary of Bannon’s combative style towards establishment Republicans.
Now both will play a pivotal role in the Trump administration.