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.