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Steve Bannon, the Breitbart News Network executive chairman who is known for his White nationalist views, will serve as Donald Trump‘s chief strategist, while Reince Priebus will serve as chief of staff, according to various  media reports.

Trump’s decision to name Bannon, 62, as his senior counselor and chief strategist signals the real estate mogul’s “embrace of the fringe ideology long advanced by Mr. Bannon and of a continuing disdain for the Republican establishment,” reports The New York Times:

Mr. Bannon’s selection demonstrated the power of grass-roots activists who backed Mr. Trump’s candidacy. Some of them have long traded in the conspiracy theories and sometimes racist messages of Breitbart News, the website that Mr. Bannon ran for much of the past decade.

The site has accused President Obama of “importing more hating Muslims”; compared Planned Parenthood’s work to the Holocaust; called the conservative commentator Bill Kristol a “renegade Jew”; and advised female victims of online harassment to “just log off” and stop “screwing up the internet for men,” illustrating that point with a picture of a crying child.

Forty-four-year-old Priebus on the other hand has closer ties to the Republican establishment, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, against whom the president-elect railed against on the campaign trail, reports CNN:

Priebus is among the longest serving chairmen of the Republican Party, and has generally been popular amid different factions within the party. He is largely credited with building the ground game that elected Trump and with helping to unite his party after a divisive primary that resulted in many Republicans shunning Trump’s nomination.


Priebus has served as a negotiator between the party and Trump. When Ryan did not initially endorse Trump, Priebus organized meetings and helped diffuse tension between the two when Ryan criticized Trump and Trump hit back.
Sources say Priebus and Trump have grown very close over the course of the campaign. Priebus had a leadership role in Trump’s debate prep and traveled with him in the latter days of the campaign. Many of the RNC’s top operatives were installed in Trump Tower to work closely with the campaign.
SOURCE: The New York Times, CNN | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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