President-elect Donald Trump announced on Sunday he has named one political outsider and one insider to fill two top positions in his administration.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), was named Chief of Staff and former Breitbart News head Stephen K. Bannon, who was the CEO of the campaign, will serve as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President. Both will work with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on the transition process, according to a press release.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway had been rumored to be a potential choice to be Chief of Staff. The naming of Priebus leaves her available for other top positions.
“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,” noted 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.”
“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.”