Trump Names Priebus Chief of Staff, Bannon as Chief Strategist

“Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders,” president-elect says in statement

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Priebus, left, and Bannon (Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, according to multiple reports, including Politico, The New York Times, NBC and CNN.

Trump also announced on Sunday that Steve Bannon, known for founding alt-right media outlet Breitbart News, will be his chief strategist and senior counselor.

“I am thrilled to have my very successful team continue with me in leading our country,” Trump said in a statement obtained by Politico.

“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.”

Priebus is the chairman of the Republican National Committee and was a key adviser during Trump’s campaign. So key, in fact, that Trump urged him to speak at the podium on election night after he gave his victory speech.

Bannon was passed up for the coveted role, according to The New York Times, and is a fervent critic of the Republican party.

Bannon oversaw Trump’s presidential campaign.