Trump election: Priebus and Bannon given key roles

                                  Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus at a debate in Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, 4 October
US President-elect Donald Trump has awarded key roles in his incoming team to a top Republican party official and a conservative media chief.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be his chief of staff.
In this role, he will set the tone for the new White House and act as a conduit to Congress and the government.

Stephen Bannon, from the right-wing Breitbart News Network, will serve as Mr Trump’s chief strategist.

Mr Bannon stepped aside temporarily as Breitbart’s executive chairman to act as Mr Trump’s campaign chief.

The Republican candidate defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential vote, in a result which shocked many, who had expected Mrs Clinton to win following favourable opinion polls.

Mr Trump is due to take over at the White House on 20 January, when Barack Obama steps down after two terms in office.

On Sunday night the president-elect spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two agreed to meet at “an early date”, Chinese state media said.

Representatives for Mr Trump, who has repeatedly accused China of unfair trade practices, said the two leaders established “a clear sense of mutual respect”. Read More Here

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