The election of Donald Trump, coming as it did on the heels of a long and often brutal campaign season, has not exactly moved off the front page of newspapers around the country.
And in part, that’s because the next stage of the Trump rise to fame involves who he is choosing for cabinet and his White House nominations.
We’ve already heard about political outsider Stephen Bannon being chosen as senior counsel.
Next revealed is Trump’s decision in the opposite direction as he picks an insider for chief of staff: Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chief.
As the Associated Press reported: The tag-team of Priebus and Bannon could prove an interesting mix in Trump’s new administration.
“Reince Priebus says Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon has been a hard worker and sober decision maker in the months the two have steered Donald Trump toward the presidency,” AP reported. “Trump’s newly named White House chief of staff told NBC’s ‘Today’ show that Bannon has exhibited none of the racist, sexist or other qualities attributed to him and the Breitbart website.”
Breitbart has offered such headlines in the past that slammed Bill Kristol as a “Republican spoiler” and a “renegade Jew,” and blasted the likes of, “Would you rather your child had feminism or cancer?” or “Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy.”
But as Priebus said, during his NBC segment, Bannon didn’t write those.
From the AP, once again: “He expects to work with Bannon as a partner in slightly different roles in the Trump administration.”
Bannon and Priebus aren’t Trump’s only announced or mulled picks for his new White House administration.
AP reported: “President-elect Donald Tump is considering oil billionaire Harold Hamm and North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer to lead the Department of Energy.”
Trump’s also got a venture capitalist, Robert Grady, in mind for either the top energy spot or as administrator of the Interior Department, the Associated Press reported. And if it’s the latter, the shake-up across the country could be rather immediate.
From AP: “The [Trump] planning document includes several energy and environmental priorities for the next administration, including repealing the Clean Power Plan. The plan was introduced by the Obama administration and aims to limit carbon pollution from power plants. The power plant plan is currently on hold awaiting a court ruling.”
The transition team said that if the court hasn’t ruled by the time Trump takes the White House, his newly seated administration could very well seek to dismiss the case.
Source: Associated Press