Es­tab­lish­ment fig­ure, fire­brand named to key posts

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump was weigh­ing con­tenders for other top jobs in his ad­min­is­tra­tion af­ter choos­ing Wash­ing­ton in­sider Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and fire­brand out­sider Stephen Ban­non as se­nior coun­sel­lor.

Less than a week af­ter his up­set win over Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton in last Tues­day’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, Trump’s choice yes­ter­day of Priebus, the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair­man and friend of House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives speaker Paul Ryan, could help him re­pair his strained re­la­tions with mem­bers of the Repub­li­can Party es­tab­lish­ment.

But Trump also named Ban­non, the com­bat­ive for­mer head of the right-wing web­site Bre­it­bart News, as his strate­gist and se­nior coun­sel­lor.

The state­ment said Ban­non and Priebus would be “work­ing as equal part­ners to trans­form the fed­eral govern­ment”.

The choice of each man could anger a seg­ment of Trump’s sup­port­ers.

Hard­line Trump back­ers who were count­ing on Trump to keep his cam­paign prom­ise to “drain the swamp” of busi­nes­sas-usual Wash­ing­ton in­sid­ers may be dis­ap­pointed he has named Priebus to the chief of staff po­si­tion, which serves as a gate­keeper and agenda-set­ter for the pres­i­dent.

More tra­di­tional Repub­li­cans may be wary of the pick of rab­ble-rouser Ban­non for a top White House job.

Trump, in a state­ment, said Ban­non and Priebus were both “highly qual­i­fied lead­ers” who helped him win the elec­tion.

Democrats sharply crit­i­cised Ban­non’s ap­point­ment.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Adam Schiff tweeted: “Se­lec­tion of Steve Ban­non for se­nior WH role un­sur­pris­ing but alarm­ing. His al­tright, anti-Semitic & misog­y­nis­tic views don’t be­long in WH.” – Reuters

Priebus (left) and Ban­non.

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