Donald Trump after being elected as the President of White house made his first two key appointments on Sunday. Trump named GOP chief Reince Priebus as his chief of staff and recruited right-wing Breitbart news executive Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counsellor.
The statement pronouncing Trump’s decision named Bannon first as chief strategist, despite the vague title of his role. It is said he and Priebus would work as “equal partners” during their tenure with Trump with effectively creating two power centers in the West Wing.
“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.
Bannon mentioned his “very effective partnership” with Priebus, who said in his own statement that the Trump White House would “work to create an economy that works for everyone, secure our borders, repeal and replace Obama care and destroy radical Islamic terrorism”.
“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,” Priebus said in the official statement from the white house.
The arrangement appeared aimed at ensuring that both men would be required to sign off on many decisions jointly. And Mr. Bannon was assured that he reports directly to Mr. Trump, not to Mr. Priebus during his tenure under Trump White house.
The simultaneous announcement and competing lines of authority are consistent with Mr. Trump’s management style in his businesses and in his campaign: creating rival power structures under him and encouraging them to battle it against the odds.