Donald Trump Likely to Pick Republican Party Chair Priebus as Chief of Staff

Reince Priebus, Chair of the Republican National Committee, right, speaks as President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher)

(ABC)–  Donald Trump is likely to name Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as chief of staff to his new administration, sources tell ABC News, marking the first major appointment by the president-elect.

Priebus is likely to be picked over others said to be under consideration for this key position, including former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon, a firebrand of the far right, whose website has in the past targeted many GOP leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, deriding them as “establishment” figures.

Presidents-elect typically name a chief of staff as one of their first and most crucial appointments because the person in this role can help determine a president’s style of governing.

The chief of staff often operates as an interlocutor between the president and other top aides, giving this position a tremendous amount of influence for an appointment that does not require confirmation by the Senate.

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