Donald Trump spent his first weekend as president-elect at Trump tower in New York City- where his trusted advisers got to work on who might be the next white house chief of staff.
We now know — that all-important job goes to Reince Priebus — a Washington insider tied to the republican establishment.
Fox news chief national correspondent Ed Henry reports on what this pick tells us about a trump presidency.
President-elect Donald Trump made it official — tapping Steve Bannon to be chief strategist and senior counselor — while Reince Preibus will serve as white house chief of staff
Trump Wednesday – “Reince is a superstar”
The outgoing republican party chairman is more of a tactician — and his close ties with house speaker and fellow Wisconsinite Paul Ryan may smooth the passage of Trump’s legislative agenda
Bannon was more the “big picture” guy as CEO of the campaign — and was a lightning rod of criticism because of his role in the “alt-right” movement — but has the loyalty of trump after leading him to victory
Kellyanne Conway / Trump campaign manager:
“The thing about Steve Bannon that people don’t understand is that in this campaign, he’s been the general, and he’s worked very closely with Reince Preibus and the rest of us”
Bannon quickly tamped down speculation about two different power centers in the white house by touting their partnership …
While Preibus vowed to move quickly to help Trump (quote) — “create an economy that works for everyone, secure our borders, repeal and replace Obamacare and destroy radical Islamic terrorism.”
The president-elect also signaled immigration is a top priority in an interview with CBS’ “60 minutes” … Vowing to swiftly deport millions of illegal immigrants
“gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate. “
Picking an insider like Preibus will help Trump in Washington — but is also a warning sign for Trump not to lose sight of the outsider message that got him elected
Newt Gingrich/ Trump senior advisor:
“The swamp doesn’t want to be drained, and the swamp will just suck you in if you let it.”
Trump set off some alarm bells with some supporters by listening to president Obama lobby him about keeping some of his legacy items in place …
And then telling the Wall Street Journal and “60 minutes” in separate interviews that he will keep some parts of Obamacare
Trump: “also with the children living with parents for an extended period”
Ed henry / Fox News:
A lot of trump critics are missing that he already said during the campaign he would keep popular parts of Obamacare — like keeping kids on their parents’ plans and preventing insurance companies from not covering pre-existing conditions. But some of trump’s rabid supporters want nothing short of a full repeal… In Washington, Ed Henry, Fox News…