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Trump adds Priebus and Bannon to his White House team

One of his choices makes the GOP happy, while the other leaves both Republicans and Democrats a bit on edge.
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President-elect Donald Trump has been putting together the team he will bring with to the White House, and Sunday he named two more members.

Trump picked Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, to be his White House Chief of Staff, The New York Times reported.

According to the paper, Priebus is an established campaign adviser and Washington insider and was recommended by his friend, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan.

As The Washington Post and others have noted, choosing Priebus suggests that Trump is willing to work with traditional Republicans, though he took on an anti-establishment stance on the campaign trail.

In the same announcement, Trump said his campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon will serve as chief strategist and senior counselor to the president, NPR said.

"Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory. Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again," Trump said in a statement.

What to know about them

Many people are noting that Trump's choices are very different: Priebus is well-known in traditional Republican circles, while Bannon represents the party's anti-establishment wing.

According to the GOP website, Priebus has been the Chairman of the Republican National Committee since 2011, and he'll become the longest serving chairman in modern history, with a total of three terms.

Priebus is a Wisconsin guy - he was born in Kenosha and has built his political career in the state as a Republican, ABC News said. He worked his way to the top to become Wisconsin's youngest-ever GOP Chairman in 2007, is well-liked in Washington and helped pull the RNC out of debt, the news service added.

He condemned Trump during the campaign - after the infamous 2005 tape surfaced of Trump and Billy Bush making degrading comments about women, Priebus said, “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever."

But he's known for being loyal and trying to unite his party, and said Trump has changed his ways since being elected.

"I am very grateful to the President-elect for this opportunity to serve him and this nation as we work to create an economy that works for everyone, secure our borders, repeal and replace Obamacare and destroy radical Islamic terrorism," Priebus said in a statement.

Bannon is more of a controversial choice - he was a top executive at Breitbart News, an ultra-conservative news site. He has a financial background and used to work at Goldman Sachs; he's also a Navy veteran and former adviser to Sarah Palin.

Some Democrats are accusing Trump of embracing the "alt right" by choosing him, and many Republicans are also wary of Bannon's reputation as a "bomb-thrower," Politico noted.

Politico predicts other people who worked on Trump's campaign will also get key advisory roles, like his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, Trump's son-in law Jared Kushner, and his controversial former aide, Corey Lewandowski, who was fired during the campaign after being accused of assault.

Some are happy with the choices, others... not so much

Here's what people are saying on social media:

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