Priebus, Bannon Appointments Point Toward Split Approach to Trump Presidency

April AlvarezNov 14, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff and conservative media executive Stephen Bannon as his senior counselor. That list also reportedly included Steve Bannon, Trump's controversial campaign CEO whose website, Breitbart News, has espoused anti-Semitic and nationalist views.

In a repeat of the tumultuous process that led Trump to tap Indiana Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana as his running-mate, GOP officials pressed the President-elect to go with Priebus for the chief of staff job.

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

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Trump's advertising was a mix of positive and negative spots, including one promising "a future brighter than our past". President Barack Obama campaigned for Clinton in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday - another state where the polls are close.

Reid on Friday had said that "the election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America" and that "white nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump's victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear".

Though chief of staff is the higher position in the administration, Trump's statement referred to the men as "equal partners". But Trump's play is more complicated than that.

"The two of them, I know, will have very important roles in this Administration, in his inner circle", Conway told Fox News Sunday.

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After Trump told CBS' "60 Minutes" that his border wall might look more like a fence in spots, the combative billionaire took to Twitter to settle some scores. "Mr. Trump is taking the counsel of many people", Kellyanne Conway, who managed the campaign, said Sunday at Trump Tower. Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, has also said privately he is supportive of that decision.

While the Trump campaign has provided little information, foreign governments have confirmed that their leaders spoke with the president-elect.

A Japanese official said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in NY on Thursday to meet with the incoming U.S. President. Their selection will help determine whether the Trump administration governs like the firebrand Trump was on the campaign trail or the pragmatist he often appears to be behind closed doors.

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