President-elect Donald Trump has not even taken office yet and the media is already dishing on palace intrigue.
Pitting incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus against close advisers Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, The Hill informed readers Monday that Priebus, who “is never far from Trump’s side,” is flexing his muscle at Trump Tower.
— The Hill (@thehill) December 19, 2016
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The consummate D.C. insider, Priebus has not just emerged as Trump’s public liaison to a still-skeptical GOP establishment; the 44-year-old political operative has also become a trusted adviser to and staunch defender of the president-elect, even as he competes for power and influence with rivals like Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, who were with Trump from the beginning.
Those who have been in the room with both Trump and Priebus say they wouldn’t describe Priebus as deferential to his new boss. In fact, Priebus appears at ease with Trump. He doesn’t hesitate to interject and offer his opinion, and the two often banter back and forth.
Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who interviewed for Energy secretary this month, spoke with the online new source about the relationship that exists between the two men.
“Trump and Reince have a tremendous rapport with each other,” Cramer said. “Trump’s respect for Reince is very obvious. Reince was never disrespectful, but he never hesitated to jump right in. I was impressed.”
Raising the stakes, The Hill noted that while Priebus “has privately grumbled about the constant stream of headaches involved with keeping Trump in line. But overall, he’s been a steadfast and loyal defender of the president-elect.”
An assessment supported by the ever-reliable anonymous source.
“Priebus took the lemons and turned it into lemonade,” the RNC member said. “Reince Priebus protected Trump from the wrath of the Republican establishment so many times. I’m not sure Trump knew that then; he certainly knows it now.”
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