President-elect Donald Trump has made his first major presidential decision. It comes in the announcement of his Chief of Staff.
Trump’s campaign has announced they have chosen Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff. As expected, Republicans are thrilled with the decision.
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In choosing Priebus, Trump has gained a Washington insider who is broadly viewed as a successful and well-respected politician within the Republican party. He will act as a bridge between the White House and the Republican-led Congress, as well as the heads of Cabinet agencies.
Priebus gained traction for the position after Speaker of The House, Paul Ryan, recommended him for the coveted position. The choice signals Trump’s willingness to work within the very establishment he criticized on his campaign trail.
I'm very proud and excited for my friend @Reince. Congrats!
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 13, 2016
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) November 13, 2016
Priebus will begin to smooth over any residual friction that may have taken place while Trump was campaigning. Numerous Republicans refused to back Trump during his run for the White House.
The President-elect had the chance to go in the opposite direction when picking his Chief of Staff. Steve Bannon was reportedly in the running for the same position but instead will serve as the chief strategist and senior counselor.
Many considered Bannon a negative choice since he was antagonistic when he acted as Trump’s campaign Chief of Staff. Bannon also launched a political attack against Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders after they refused to endorse Trump. Trump’s first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was also believed to be in the running.
Priebus did differ with Trump on a few issues during his campaign. When the 2005 tape of Trump speaking negatively about women and bragging of sexual assault came out, Priebus released a statement, “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”
Since Trump’s victory, Priebus said that the president-elect has worked to move away from his divisive campaign rhetoric in order to unite Republicans.
“Once it was determined he was going to be the winner, he started looking at and thinking about that speech,” Priebus said on Fox News of Trump’s victory speech on Tuesday. “He said, ‘We’re going to calm the waters. We’re going to bring people together. We’re not going to brag.’ ”
He added that Trump is a “reflective person” and that the public persona he projected at his rallies doesn’t reveal the complete man.
“The guy in private is the gracious, personable guy that I’ve gotten to know. … I think that’s part of the reason why he won,” Priebus said.
Former Speaker of The House, Newt Gingrich, said the president-elect can work with both sides of the aisle in Congress — something Priebus will no doubt help smooth.
“Trump has got to be the salesman,” Gingrich said on CBS’s “Face the Nation. “Take something big like infrastructure. He can work with [Senate Democratic leader] Chuck Schumer on infrastructure. He can find a bipartisan path that allows us to dramatically improve infrastructure, something Trump knows an immense amount about.”