President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday appointed Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff.
Trump also announced that campaign CEO Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News, will be his chief strategist and senior counselor.
Trump said that Priebus and Bannon will work as “equal partners” — as they did in the campaign — to make the federal government “much more efficient, effective and productive.”
“Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory,” Trump said. “Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again.”
The appointments suggest Trump appealing to traditional Republican circles and the party’s anti-establishment wing, which helped fuel the businessman’s political rise.
Bannon thanked Trump for the job, saying he and Priebus will extend their partnership in Washington to “help President-elect Trump achieve his agenda.”
Priebus said Trump will be a “great president for all Americans” and expressed his gratitude for the being able to serve the president elect and the rest of the country in helping “create an economy that works for everyone, secure our borders, repeal and replace ObamaCare and destroy radical Islamic terrorism.”