Trump Names Priebus Chief of Staff

NEW YORK — Donald Trump has named Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff.

Trump’s campaign manager, Stephen Bannon, will also serve as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President.

The Chief of Staff is a very powerful position, responsible for overseeing staff at the White House and the President’s schedule. Senate confirmation is not required for this position.

Priebus has been Chairman of the RNC since 2011 and formerly Chairman of the Republican Party in Wisconsin.

Bannon and Priebus will continue the leadership team they formed during the campaign, working as equal partners to transform the federal government, making it much more efficient, effective and productive. Bannon and Priebus will also work together with Vice President-elect Mike Pence to help lead the transition process in the run-up to Inauguration Day.

“I am thrilled to have my very successful team continue with me in leading our country,” said President-elect Trump. “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.”

“I want to thank President-elect Trump for the opportunity to work with Reince in driving the agenda of the Trump Administration,” said Bannon. “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.”

Bannon is Chairman of conservative news organization Breitbart News and was named campaign manager in August 2016.

“It is truly an honor to join President-elect Trump in the White House as his Chief of Staff,” added Priebus. “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.”