RNC Chair Reince Priebus has been selected by Donald Trump to be White House Chief of Staff.
Priebus became close to Trump during the campaign, proving his loyalty and commitment, but he is held suspect by some Trump supporters as being the very emblem of the establishment Trump campaigned against.
But the appointment of the well-respected Priebus may also signal that Trump is going govern in a less chaotic style than he sometimes ran his campaign.
The decision is hugely consequential. Power in the administration is centered in the White House, and the chief of staff is therefore usually the second most powerful person in the country, unless the president has another aide on whom he relies more, which sometimes happens.
First, there’s proximity. Real estate is everything in Washington, and the chief of staff’s office is right down the hall from the Oval Office. He is often the first and last staffer a president sees during the day.
What’s more, he makes decisions on staffing, runs the White House, serves as a liaison to Capitol Hill, and perhaps most importantly, decided what information the president sees.
Also considered for chief of staff was former Breitbart editor Steve Bannon, whose thinking is more in line with many of the views expressed by Trump during the campaign. Bannon is likely in line for another senior White House post, probably “senior advisor” or “senior counselor.”