UPDATED: NOV. 14, 9 AM EST:
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.
Make America White Again: Meet Possible Members Of Trump’s Cabinet
Here is a list of some of the possible Executive Branch appointments being touted for President-elect Donald Trump‘s administration.
Meet Team Trump:
- Newt Gingrich – Secretary of State
- Rudy Giuliani – Attorney General
- Reince Priebus – Chief of Staff
- Chris Christie – Commerce Secretary
- Jeff Sessions – Defense Secretary
- Michael Flynn – National Security Adviser
- Steven Mnuchin – Treasury Secretary
SOURCE: BBC News | VIDEO & PHOTO CREDIT: Getty