Trump names new senior aides who are a sharp contrast

President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump made his first two key personnel appointments and they were a sharp contrast.

Trump made an overture to the Republican establishment by naming GOP chief Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff. And he fired a shot across the Washington establishment’s bow by tabbing Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor.

The two men had made up the president-elect’s chief of staff shortlist, and while Priebus received that job, Bannon’s post also is expected to wield significant clout. The media executive has ties to the alt-right and white nationalist movement.

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