Sunday, November 13, 2016

Reince Priebus Picked as White House Chief of Staff

There'll be some moaning from hardcore tea partiers and "Never Trumpers," but this is an extremely smart pick.

At LAT, "Trump chooses Republican Party chairman Priebus as his chief of staff":
President-elect Donald Trump named Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff on Sunday, suggesting an increased willingness by Trump to work within Washington's system to accomplish his agenda.

Priebus was viewed as a choice who could bring order and experience to Trump's inner circle, which consists largely of family members and advisors with little experience in Washington. He also serves as a bridge to Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

The other leading candidate to run Trump's White House staff was campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon, a more incendiary choice who helped bolster some of Trump's most divisive rhetoric about Muslims, immigrants and other minority groups.

Bannon will also play a major role in the Trump administration as chief strategist, the president-elect said...

Trump rewarded loyalty, and I certainly noticed that Priebus went all out to support Trump after he won the nomination. I was kinda surprised sometimes the way things were going, considering how almost the entire GOP establishment had rebuked Trump time and again. Priebus held firm, and wasn't afraid of criticizing Trump on occasion.

Also at WSJ, "RNC Chair Priebus Is Named Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff."