Trump puts Priebus and Bannon in key positions

Donald J. Trump, the President-Elect of the United States of America selected Reince Priebus and Stephen K. Bannon as his Chief of Staff in the White House and senior counselor respectively. The choices were strategic. Priebus’ close friendship with Paul D. Ryan, the speaker of the House, means that legislative victories can be easily achieved. Bannon’s appointment was the result of his long loyalty towards Trump. It also meant that the president-elect is more than receptive of far right ideology. Such an appointment could also have the unintended result of creating two competing power centers within the future Trump administration.

Better governance

Trump’s transition team said that the two newly appointed individuals will work in tandem for a new and better federal government. There is good reason for such a statement. It means that both of them will be needed to sign off any important decision. Bannon also got the assurance that he will report everything directly to Trump and not Priebus. Such competing power structures are a common ploy of Donald Trump. His business management style comprises the creation of rival power structures within the company. The real estate billionaire actually encourages them to fight their individual objectives out.

Trump’s family is also expected to play an important part-formal or informal- in the future administration. Notable among his ambitious family members are Ivanka Trump, his eldest daughter, and Jared Kushner, her husband. The latter holds influence over the new president and will continue to do so. He is known to have the final say when it comes to advising Donald Trump.

Keeping it good

Another concern of the transition team is to reassure any concerns among the President-Elect’s supporters that the selection of Priebus means that Trump has already acquiesced to the Washington power elite which he has pledged to destroy. Other than this, the team also wanted to mollify Bannon, who once ran the rabidly rightwing Breitbart site. This website has accused Obama of giving visas to US hating Muslims. It also termed Bill Kristol, the known conservative commentator as a “renegade Jew” and virtually shouted down women who have complained about online harassment. It said that such women should not use the site at all. It is expected that Priebus would have multiple deputies under him. The list of such deputies is expected to include Katie Walsh, the Republican National Committee’s chief of staff.

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