Trump announces senior White House leadership team

FILE: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

NEW YORK (WANE) – President-elect Donald Trump has announced two key appointments to his chief White House team, according to a statement from the Trump Transition Team.

Current Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will be Trump’s Chief of Staff and Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, will be Trump’s Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor.

Preibus and Bannon will also assist Vice President-elect Mike Pence with the transition process.

“I am thrilled to have my very successful team continue with me in leading our country,” said President-elect Trump in an emailed statement. “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.”

“I want to thank President-elect Trump for the opportunity to work with Reince in driving the agenda of the Trump Administration,” noted Bannon in an emailed statement. “We had a very successful partnership on the campaign, one that led to victory. We will have that same partnership in working to help President-elect Trump achieve his agenda.”

“It is truly an honor to join President-elect Trump in the White House as his Chief of Staff,” added Priebus in an emailed statement. “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. He will be a great President for all Americans.”

Other key positions are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.