Bannon and Priebus get top advisory spots.
UPDATE: 6 p.m. SUNDAY: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will be President-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff, while campaign CEO Stephen Bannon will be chief strategist and senior counselor to the president.
The two men will serve as two closest confidants and they will advance President Trump’s agenda. Priebus is a long time friend of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and should be helpful on the Hill for Congressional issues. Meanwhile, Bannon will be the man closest the president when it comes to crafting and pushing forth his vision for the country.
His Campaign CEO Bannon and former Republican National Committee Chairman Priebus, have been Trumps most loyal supporters. They have worked tirelessly to get him elected president against all odds. We will know in what direction a Trump presidency will be like by who he chooses.
Over the last 24 hours strongly conservative voices on the right, many of whom stood by Trump during his toughest moments during the campaign, are up in arms over the possible naming Priebus to become one of the top adviser and right-hand man to the incoming president.
Make no mistake about it Priebus, made sure that Trump had the full support of the RNC that included their state by state ground game. That ground game helped Trump get elected even in normally Democratic leaning states.
But Priebus, is the face of the establishment part of the Republican Party. He was working during the GOP Primaries with the traditional wing with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and were among at least 12 insiders who lost to Trump.
Jenny Beth Martin, head of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, was one of the first activists to sound the alarm over Priebus, posting a Facebook message Friday night with a dire warning about Priebus’ status as the head of Washington’s establishment Republicans and how that would thwart Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington.
Most of the Tea Party Republicans including the Freedom Caucus, wants Bannon as White House chief of staff. He is a strongly anti-establishment conservative and he is very vocal about who he feels Trump can and can’t trust on Capitol Hill.
Bannon, as Trump’s main voice in the presidents ear is just the kind of the strong conservative boss that should make those who don’t like Priebus happy. At least for a while, until something goes wrong on the Hill.
Under Bannon’s guidance, Breitbart became a ferocious critic of Ryan’s tenure, casting him as a “saboteur” in favor of amnesty for undocumented immigrants and describing him as “universally despised” by conservatives.
Trump, gets the best of both worlds by having Priebus as his White House chief of staff and by having Bannon closer to the president, all should be pleased. Bannon’s new role means Trump, will make deals with the GOP will free to make deals with President elect Trump and that means Republicans or Democrats, keeping Congress off balance would be his job.