I am no fan of Reince Priebus. And I believe that during the Republican Primary he was not always fair to Donald Trump. Trump received extra scrutiny on singing the pledge that he would support the nominee. Not so much because Priebus gave a rip, but because the rest of the candidates feared a Trump third party bid.
And after all the hoopla about Trump and the Pledge, it turns out that many of the Republican presidential wannabees broke that very pledge. Now had things turned out differently and Trump was not the nominee, would Priebus and the rest of the GOP establishment (yes, Priebus is establishment) have been as silent if Trump failed to honor the pledge as they were about the rest of the GOP defectors? Cruz, Bush, Graham et al?
Of course not. Priebus would have been the GOP ringleader trashing Trump. I think very few would disagree with that.
But I noticed a swift about face when Trump won the nomination on the part of GOP Chairman Reince Priebus. He got behind the Party nominee and other than his disappointing statement on the decade ole Trump tapes recorded in secret (by a Bush, no less), he did his job.
Now I would have liked to have seen a different pick for Chief of Staff from Trump. But this is Trump’s call. And Trump has a solid reputation for surrounding himself with outstanding people. He has a knack for spotting that something in people that will prove to serve him well. So while I personally would preferred someone else as Chief of Staff, I think we need to defer to The Donald on this.
Most of us would like a more rabid anti establishment gatekeeper in the White House, but we have to remember. Everything with Donald Trump is a negotiation. I have reminded my friends many times that when Trump says something or does something outrageous, it is often the opening round in a negotiation. If you have not read his book The Art of the Deal then you need to do so if you want to understand him.
And you also need to think in Trump’s terms. He has just completed negotiations on two big deals this year. The first was the GOP Nomination. And the second was the general election. And he has started on his third big deal of 2016, his assumption of the office of President of the United States.Source: