Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus is in control of most of the hiring decisions for President-elect Donald Trump, according to a Wednesday report from Politico.
Trump loyalists who have been with the campaign since the beginning clashed with Priebus, who is a recent establishment addition to the Trump transition team as his future chief of staff.
Former executive chairman of Breitbart, Steve Bannon, and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway fielded their pick for the next head of the RNC. Priebus had other plans, and ultimately prevailed when Trump officially named Ronna Romney McDaniel to the top post over Nick Ayers, the Bannon favorite.
Priebus also reportedly tried to get Conway to commit to staying on with the Trump White House, a move Conway immediately rejected, adding that Priebus “doesn’t speak for me.” Trump insiders told Politico that Trump seemed taken aback by the severity of Conway’s response, turning to Priebus to say, “She’s tough.”
Priebus allies rejected the idea that he is stocking the office with people loyal to the establishment, adding that Priebus reached out to former Trump campaign loyalists to assure them they would be discussed for positions in the administration.
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