President-Elect Donald Trump Selects Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff…

The best frame of reference for people to filter this decision is the VP selection process when Mr. Trump selected Governor Mike Pence.  A similar set of decision making principles apply.   WARNING – new words again.

trump-preibus-2Traditionally (<– key word) the White House Chief of Staff is the liaison between the President and the various affiliated professional political types who wish to engage with the President.

However, Donald Trump is his own organizational person.

Little research and analysis has ever been given to how small the Trump circle is despite his massive private sector business operations.  This is one of those aspects entirely obvious to those who know the private sector, yet brutally overlooked by those talking heads entrenched in the beltway.

The Trump organization is massive in scope and scale, yet he ran the entire operation with only a few very tight inner-circle influences.   He is able to do this because Trump is simply a master of complex organizational dynamics.  The granules are in charge of the granular, and yet directly connected to the top of the pyramid.

Trump’s operational executive model is very familiar to some who understand the most effective construct within massive organizations.

The optical way of thinking about it is this:

Turn the traditional organizational pyramid upside down; now ask yourself which direction do the natural granules flow…

Donald Trump lives by the “how to make a monkey jump” credo.  It’s simply how he’s able to enjoy life and simultaneously have a massive business empire.

As an intensely effective leader Donald Trump spends time making sure: A.) the right person is in charge of the right system – the person closest to the work, and B.) once established Trump then focuses energy on keeping the system free of clogs.

You cannot consider the Trump selections -for any position- in the same frame of reference (a top down power structure) traditionally held.  Trump inverts the power structure and empowers the granular to think, act and operate.  Trump will never accept a subordinate’s monkey, and saves himself only for the gorilla issues:

  • “Hey Mr. Trump,  I’ve got a problem with X”
  • Trump: “What do you think you ought to do about it”?…
  • “I dunno, – what should I do”…
  • Trump: “what do you think you could do”?…
  • “But I’m not the boss, you are – what should I do”?…
  • Trump: “if you were the boss what would you do”?…

If you really want to understand how Trump will run the systems of his administration go and READ THIS.   It will help you.

President Trump is setting up Reince Priebus to be the Monkey interception vehicle.  This allows President Trump to focus the important intellectual thoughts toward the gorilla issues and his own personal objectives.

We stated on election night that Trump hugging Priebus was strategically brilliant, because this outcome was intensely predictable.

The real circle of important influential people are those in Trump’s gorilla circle.   The monkey business, is downstream from the gorilla circle.

Donald Trump is an organizational genius.



(New York, NY) – President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced that Trump for President CEO Stephen K. Bannon will serve as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will serve as White House Chief of Staff.

Bannon and Priebus will continue the effective leadership team they formed during the campaign, working as equal partners to transform the federal government, making it much more efficient, effective and productive. Bannon and Priebus will also work together with Vice President-elect Mike Pence to help lead the transition process in the run-up to Inauguration Day.

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



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671 Responses to President-Elect Donald Trump Selects Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff…

  1. ejay says:

    In Ryan’s interview with Jake Tapper, he referred to President-Elect Trump as ‘Donald’. I do not consider this lack of respect to be accidental. Steve Bannon was careful to consistently and properly refer to ‘President-Elect Trump’.

    Liked by 11 people

    • Sedanka says:

      Agreed. But Ryan is little else except power phrases and psych tricks.

      Liked by 4 people

    • I think that it is important to point out that President Trump’s newly elevated Chief-of-Staff, R.P., was childhood friends with the Speaker of the House, P.R….

      Even though I dislike the little quizling, it now seems possibly a brilliant strategic move by POTUS Trump.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Ryan needs to go. No matter how good he is treating Trump now. He WILL be an obstacle in Trump’s agenda.

      Liked by 10 people

      • Chris says:

        I couldn’t agree with you more. I can almost bet that Ryan will be chirping in Priebus’s ear. He’s going to be pressuring him to have Mr. Trump “tone down his rhetoric.” Ryan needs to go. There are enough weasels in Washington. We don’t need any more.

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        • EJ says:

          You guys have it backward. Priebus will be chirping in Ryan’s ear. “The President wants you to . . . “


          • Chris says:

            Don’t count on it. I can almost guarantee that Priebus will prove to be more loyal to Lyin’ Ryan than Trump. They’re supposedly lifelong friends, and I expect them to have a cozy relationship. The mitigating factor will be the presence of Bannon.


            • paulinohio says:

              If that were true then Priebus would have turned on DJT long ago. He had many opportunities to do so while still saving face. In my opinion Priebus took a huge gamble on Trump and on a personal level went all in for his candidacy once he won the nomination.

              Also, the guy just retained control of House, Senate and helped get DJT elected as POTUS. That has to matter for something. He certainly is not my first choice for a traditional CoS position, but in this situation he will do well. Also, his vacancy at the RNC could help DJT install someone there that more closely shares his way of thinking.

              People think getting rid of Ryan is just a matter of saying it out loud. We may not like it, but he is a powerful guy. He is also not stupid. He is a snake so he needs to be handled and they must make sure he does not go rouge. I would prefer he was taken out of his leadership position now, but I don’t see that happening.

              As far as people complaining about DJT bringing in what some would consider “DC Insiders”. I said on Twitter yesterday that I had gone hunting in a swamp a few years ago and the first thing we did was hire a guide. Had we not, instead of hunting gators they would have hunted us.

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              • SonFlower says:

                Priebus just got his first major TEST being named White House Chief of Staff – “loyalty.” DJT knows that and he will be watching him closely. If he doesn’t pass the test he will be removed, just like President Ronald Reagan ousted Donald Regan over the latter’s role in the Iran-Contra scandal. If Reince passes the test he will stay and other dis-loyal people on the Hill will be exposed.


  2. Travis McGee says:

    I was skeptical about Conway when she came on board but she was brilliant. Hope the same proves true for Priebus. MAGA

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Scotsman says:

    Reince has actually grown on me a bit; some men just need great men (that’s Trump) to follow.

    The picks we ought to worry more about are the foreign policy related ones. We don’t want neocons or anyone involved with the Iraq disaster anywhere near these offices. The National Review seems to think Trump should pick John Bolton, one of the few neocons who did endorse Trump.

    It cannot be understated how important it is to shut these people out – they will undermine Trump and start going hawkish on Russia, Syria (“Assad must go”), and everywhere else.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jeff C-C says:

      Amen. The day after the election, I heard James Woolsey speaking on behalf of Pres.-Elect Trump. He was spouting neo-con nonsense about the Ukraine, Russia, Iran, etc. I couldn’t believe it. All I could think of was the line from the song “Won’t Get Fooled Again:” “We hate the new boss, same as the old boss.” I pray it isn’t so.


      • 3x1 says:

        Here’s a little side weirdness.

        You know that San Diego CEO who made threats against Trump?

        There’s a picture of him hanging out with Woolsley:

        (For those not familiar with Chan boards, there is often strong language and imagery, ignore that and look at the stuff they dug up on this guy)

        Don’t trust Woolsey at all.

        Problem is, what former CIA head can be trusted? Certainly not the current guy or Panetta.

        Liked by 1 person

    • I’m not gong to worry about any of the picks. Let Trump be Trump. He as a pretty good success record.

      Liked by 9 people

    • Ron says:

      The National Review? Geesh

      The issue we’re going to run into repeatedly is that people like Bolton may be ready to change their stripes since the wind has blown different.

      Ultimately we’re going to have to trust Trump’s judgement. It has proven impeccable so far, and he has far more information about potential appointees than we do.

      Liked by 1 person

    • trapper says:

      The reason I am not losing sleep fretting about the cabinet and staff picks is that President Elect Trump has shown no hesitancy to replace anyone who strays from the plan. Make a bad pick, out he goes. But with that said, I don’t trust Bolton with his after-the-fact endorsement, and see no point wasting time on him. Same with Newt. He tends to get carried away with himself, and would make more messes to be cleaned up than he is worth. I expect to see some business people and names I don’t know. Outsiders.

      In all honesty, none of it is really that difficult. Take foreign policy. If you start with the principles that Westphalian nation states are NOT obsolete, and that foreign policy should defend and promote the interests of American citizens, the policies virtually dictate themselves. Destroy ISIS. Leave Assad alone. Let China and the Asian countries nearby work out their own problems regarding South China Sea rock piles. Anything coming within a couple miles of a US Navy warship gets blown up, and any American anywhere in the world has the mightiest military machine ever assembled to come rescue you if you get in trouble, destroying everything in its path to get to you. There. Not that hard.

      Lord save us from the Ivy eggheads at State.

      Liked by 4 people

      • 3x1 says:

        Agree with everything but tasking the military with rescuing citizens anywhere, anytime. There’s got to be an element of personal responsibility taken into consideration. If you decide to backpack through some war zone or say North Korea, our men and women should not have to risk their lives to save you. Maybe air drop MRE’s and a map.

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  4. H.V says: … @JumpVote
    penelope210 This guy said that 3million votes from non citizen were cast in the election. Go to his twitter. He will sue.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. ejay says:

    I think the reason we are so concerned with Trump’s staff is because we’re all so sick of Republicans accepting betrayal and compromise as a badge of honor. Bush was treated so terribly, I couldn’t wait for him to go because it was so painful to watch him being abused. Trump is the first man willing and able to fight. This battle will go on for a long time.

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    • Well…first mistake people seem to be making is comparing Pres. Elect Trump to the Bushes and other prior POTUS’; he is not the same.
      Pres. Elect Trump has the ability to accomplish what others dream about.
      Let Trump be Trump.
      Enjoy Winning.

      Liked by 1 person

      • 3x1 says:

        Plus we’ve got Trump’s six.

        We felt bad for Bush, but did re-elect him.

        We fought way harder for Trump.

        What these people still don’t get is anything said against Trump is said against ALL of us.


  6. angryduc says:


    Liked by 3 people

    • CountryclassVulgarian says:

      Go ole joe 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂


    • Ron says:

      My brother and I were talking the other day, we might end up in a situation where Trump destroys all Obama’s Executive Orders day 1, repeals Obamacare and does all the things Trump ran on within the first 100 days….

      and then gets really bored because he ran out of ways to make America Great Again.

      If he just does the things he said, we’ll see unbelievable change in the country and he could accomplish all that (set it in motion) really, really quickly.

      Liked by 7 people

      • angryduc says:

        Stopping the TPP this far in, redirecting climate change $ to our infrastructure, forcing competitive pricing on medicine, and ending the efforts to turn the US into Mosul are all accomplishments of the level of George Washington, imo. Trump has the unique ability to change the course of History for the next 30+ yrs long after he is gone. So I agree with you.

        Liked by 5 people

      • Educating the electorate on the value of constitutional literacy on the founders’ intent will never get old, boring, or out of date.

        Liked by 1 person

      • georgiafl says:

        TRUMP WON’T GET BORED – there’s all that building and restoring to do!!!

        All those inner cities to clean up!

        All those gangs to clean out!

        All that DC Swamp to drain!

        Ahead Of Time – Under Budget!

        Our Lion’s salivating at the thought of it!!!

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  7. p'odwats says:

    Conservatives on so many other sites are missing the brilliance of this move. Trump just got control of the party machinery by getting Priebus out of there without any problems. The establishment knows they have been snookered on this one. The larger point is that Trump now can name his own chairman of the RNC, one loyal to him, and he can put other key people so they will all answer to Trump. The man is thinking and moving two steps ahead while the establishment and the NeverTrumpers are still getting their sneakers out of the box.

    Liked by 21 people

    • singtune says:

      Exactly~~Same reason I thought of, in regard to this matter. & Bannon will oversee what Priebus is doing.

      Bannon & Priebus very well may have worked well together, but the huge Plus is that TRUMP will be in total control of the RNC~!

      Liked by 4 people

      • Sam Houston says:

        President Trump did not get to where he is in NY by having bad instincts, or rather, discernment about those in his employ. He has clearly seen the work Reince did (behind the scenes) that allowed him to fawn over him during his acceptance speech. President Trump is playing chess to checkers and always was. My suspicion is that Reince privately shared that he was disgusted with how DC actually ran but has had to straddle the fence to be friends w both the GOPe and President Trump during the election. He did that role well enough to have an impact after the election to get GOPe beltway boys to go along with President Trump’s agenda.

        The “stop gap”, if you will, is Bannon, who can easily decipher a snake in the Oval and strategize with President Trump on how to work around them. Like I said, President Trump did not navigate business in NY for 50yrs without being extremely discerning in who he placed his trust and who’s bridges to burn down.

        As for Paul Ryan, he is a traitor, and since President Trump’s #1 measurement for people on his team is loyalty, he will not forget who was there when the going got tough and who was not. There will be no kiss and makeup.

        Liked by 4 people

      • DeWalt says:

        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Linden says:

        I love Bannon… Tough, tame-no-prisoners kind of guy, smart as hell, strategic thinker like Trump. Great match. Happy happy.

        Liked by 2 people

    • mstrwayne says:

      What could be the reason for controlling the RNC? FOr the midterm elections the RNC controls the purse strings on who gets funding for their campaigns. Perfect opprutunity for leverage to keep congress members in line.

      Liked by 1 person

      • GOP(e) in Congress will be completely controlled with 3 levers Trump will apply:

        Votes (by FAR most important)

        Funding (Trump-RNC alternative to US CoC & Pay-to-Play)

        State-level Politcians (Governors & Primary Challengers via Trump’s appointment of Christie to yet-to-be-announced Chief of States role)


    • Ken Lawson says:

      I thought the same thing and then looked up how the chairman of the RNC is appointed and learned he/she is not appointed. They are elected by the RNC. So, if that’s the case, then Trump will need lots of friends in key places in the RNC to vote in someone he chooses. It doesn’t appear it will be just a matter of him appointing who he wants in the position.


      • BigMamaTEA says:

        That is true. I posted more than once in this long thread.

        Electors of the Chairman are your state’s Chairman, and two leaders from your state. So essentially, it’s the Leaders of your State GOP , have a meeting, and vote.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Mrs.Pie says:

    Love that President Trump. He will make great choivpces and correct those choices them when needed. Haven’t been this relaxed in 8 years.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. chiefworm says:

    I can totally understand the DJT way. Gorillas and monkeys. Empowering those below you. Ownership in the product. As a Navy Chief it was my job to make sure the junior sailors could do the work that kept the planes flying without them having to worry about “stupid stuff from above”. I always likened myself to be an umbrella keeping the “shite-rain” off of them. DJT would have made a GREAT CHIEF!

    Liked by 6 people

  10. SuperTalk says:

    Trump let Kelly Afart go like a fart in the wind.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Michael Cook says:

    This is a rock solid team.


  12. TwoLaine says:

    Good picks. Both have been tested and found more than acceptable by TRUMP.

    Anyone who ever watched The Apprentice will understand that all of these people have been apprenticing for the last year and a half, year, 6 months, etc. TRUMP has had a front row seat to each of his apprentices, and he has put them through the testing period by fire. IF they didn’t pass his sniff and loyalty test, they are out. Bad apples tend to be tossed rather quickly. He also is very good at recognizing were to put talent.

    Liked by 5 people

  13. Reince is great. I don’t get the complains about him being the insider. He treated Trump fairly and criticized other elites who snubbed Trump.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Ron says:

      It’s all stuff from the past… Reince has been a squish in the past, but once the primary started firming up he got behind Trump.

      Keep in mind, Reince had a job to do, a specific job description… and Trump just watched him do that job so well that his nominee got elected President.

      Reince proved his competence, and his loyalty. These are Trump’s two favorite attributes.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Nightcrawler says:

    I like this pick for three reasons;
    A) Priebus has established relationships with all GOP legislators.
    B) Trump can now place his own choice in the chair of the RNC.
    C) Ryan is now isolated- from Priebus & from RNC.


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  15. cjzak says:

    Just saw a post on another thread that Trump picked Gowdy for AG?


    • cjzak says:

      Going to shut up now because I’m getting old info. No Gowdy has not been mentiond or chosen for anything in the Trump administration. Sorry and I will fact check more thoroughly before posting anything. It was an old post that showed up on another blog.


  16. Illegal says:

    Read the fine print. It says Bannon and Priebus are there as part of the “transition”. It’s like the Apprentice. You give someone a task to complete if they do it – OK move on to next task. Don’t forget Priebus has a “Rolodex” of names that Trump needs to use to make appointments. Trump also needs the Republican Congress to implement his mandate. The Republican House and Senate need to be ready to put forth legislation asp. This lame duck session needs to be used to lay the foundation for the next session.

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  17. barton2016 says:

    I never understood people’s anger at Preibus. The mans job was to head up an organization not to take somebody’s side in that organization. I think he’ll be a fine chief of staff.

    Liked by 6 people

  18. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    Hmmm, so that’s how it’s done….

    Liked by 2 people

  19. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    Confirming, one picture says a thousand words

    Liked by 3 people

  20. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    Dem reaction

    Liked by 4 people

  21. Ivehadit says:

    My heart swells more each day for this man, Donald J. Trump.

    I am having such enjoyment watching the media try to pry us away from him.


    Liked by 4 people

  22. distracted2 says:

    I fully expected this decision. I do think Priebus will do a fine job but I also think that it’s a case of “keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. And that’s not to say that I think Priebus is an enemy, per se, but his friends are.

    As for Bannon, I am quite enjoying the slodey heads.

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  23. Mac-101 says:

    Looks like a genius move to me. Appoint Priebus as the Washington insider who has shown he’ll work with Trump and Bannon to make sure he does! Anyone hear if Trump really is considering Jamie Diamond as Treasury Secretary? Dat makes me scared!
    . for US Senate, Kentucky, 2020, Ditch da Mitch
    No BANKSTER, PoliTick, Judge, Crony Corporate Fascist too big to JAIL or Impeach!

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  24. Lone Gunman says:

    I don’t know who originally said this, but it definitely applies here.

    “Keep your friends close, but your ENEMIES CLOSER!” It’s probably much easier to “read” what’s going on with someone when you have daily contact with them!

    “The Donald” didn’t get where he is today by being STUPID or doing STUPID things. I guess we need to trust his judgment on this and see how it plays out. After all, if it doesn’t work then he can always use his standard phrase, “YOU’RE FIRED!”


  25. Dr. Emmitt L. Brown says:

    Maybe Sundance will be interested in a post about this?

    Liked by 2 people

  26. georgiafl says:

    Trump, his surrogates, staff and family worked beside and observed Priebus for nearly a year – and vice versa.

    Priebus has staunchly supported Trump from the time he won the nomination forward as Chairman of the RNC.

    Trump, Inc. has seen who Priebus is, and how Priebus operates.

    Could Priebus be a Trump convert? I believe so.

    Trump grows on people – his character, convictions, charity and courage are strong, deep and constant.

    Maybe Reince Priebus is a patriot at heart and having see what Trump can do both politically and in business, he knows Trump is a winner for America.

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  27. EJ says:

    I think Priebus was very good at walking the line between Nominee Trump and the Establishment. It got easier as the campaign went on, but at the time of the convention, the job was nearly impossible. Trump still needs someone to continue that role. If he decided to just bulldoze the Establishment, that would be a detriment to his plan. Trump is way more savvy than that and sees the value in Priebus.


  28. Octavian says:

    This works on two levels:
    1. Reince will be up close to Trump where he can be controlled and guided
    2. The RNC will get a new leader, probably someone vetted by DJT


  29. Polish Rifle says:

    My dearly departed mutt was an astute judge of character. If her first impression of a house guest was unfavorable, she would shit on their shoe. No foolin’. Methinks ol’ Mollie would crap on both of Reinhold’s (real name) Florsheim wing tips. He is a Ryan GOPe mole.

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  30. Kaco says:

    I can only offer thoughts. I came across this piece written by the late Phyllis Schafley re: Reince Priebus.

    My thought on Priebus, is if he is truly converted to Trump’s agenda, then he would be the best man for the job, being an insider himself.

    I had qualms about Bannon, being labeled as alt-right, something I don’t quite understand myself seeing two different definitions, one in which it does include white nationalism, I think headed by those in Europe.

    However, the Breitbart website frequently is exposing cultural Marxism that has been especially plaguing our campuses for years. I think that does need addressed and should be a long-term strategy in helping change the direction of our country. Perhaps Bannon can help with that element as well, nobody else is.


  31. Sassy1 says:

    Like some others here, I wasn’t a fan of RP, felt as RNC Chmn he made things harder for Trump in the beginning. But I think Pres-elect Trump is making a great choice here. When you’re with greatness, it either makes you a better person, or it reveals who you are (think Jesus and Judas). I can imagine that RP and Pres-elect Trump spent many hours on the plane talking and getting to know each other, and DJT is nobody’s fool. He picks the best person for the job, and as we’ve seen over the past year or so, he has great instincts.


  32. John says:

    Really appreciated the article referenced by Sundance: Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?
    There is a book that I swear Trump has absorbed since he seems to follow it explicitly. “The Evolution of Cooperation” by Prof Robert Axelrod copyright 1984. A good read and one can see Trump following its rules.

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