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The new elected Republican National Committee (RNC) Reince Priebus bangs the gavel on the podium after winning the post during the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 in Oxon Hill, Md. Priebus was elected after seven rounds of voting, beating four other candidates, including outgoing chairman Michael Steele.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President-elect Trump named Priebus as chief of staff and Bannon as chief strategist


President-elect Donald Trump announced Sunday that he has chosen Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, as his White House chief of staff. 

In addition, Trump selected his campaign CEO, Steve Bannon, to serve as chief strategist and senior counselor to the president. 

“I am thrilled to have my very successful team continue with me in leading our country,” Trump said in a press release. 

“Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory. Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again.”

The press release noted that Priebus and Bannon will work as "equal partners to transform the federal government, making it much more efficient, effective and productive." 

Priebus said in a statement, "It is truly an honor to join President-elect Trump in the White House as his Chief of Staff. I am very grateful to the President-elect for this opportunity to serve him and this nation as we work to create an economy that works for everyone, secure our borders, repeal and replace Obamacare and destroy radical Islamic terrorism. He will be a great President for all Americans.”

Bannon added, "I want to thank President-elect Trump for the opportunity to work with Reince in driving the agenda of the Trump administration."

Trump's choice for the chief of staff position was believed to have come down to Priebus and Bannon. 

CNN reports that Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged Trump to chose Priebus for the position. 

During the election cycle, when Ryan didn't initially endorse Trump, Priebus organized meetings to diffuse tensions between them. 

Since then, sources told CNN Trump and Priebus have grown very close. 

As for Bannon, he is a former Navy officer and Goldman Sachs investment banker. Bannon is also the executive chairman of  Breitbart News. 

He joined the campaign in August when Kellyanne Conway was hired as Trump's new campaign manager. 

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