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Trump makes first picks for top team

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US President-elect Donald Trump has awarded key roles in his incoming team to a top Republican party official and a conservative media chief.

Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be his chief of staff.

In this role, he will set the tone for the new White House and act as a conduit to Congress and the government.

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Stephen Bannon, from the conservative Breitbart News Network, will serve as Trump’s chief strategist.

Bannon stepped aside temporarily as Breitbart’s Executive Chairman to act as Trump’s campaign chief.

The Republican candidate defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential vote, in a result which shocked many, who had expected Clinton to win following favourable opinion polls.

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Trump is due to take over at the White House on 20 January, when Barack Obama steps down after two terms in office.

Meanwhile in the president-elect’s first interview, with US broadcaster CBS, Trump said: “I am thrilled to have my very successful team continue with me in leading our country.”

“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.”

Priebus, 44, acted as a bridge between Trump and the Republican party establishment during the campaign.

He is close to House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fellow Wisconsinite, who could be instrumental in steering the new administration’s legislative agenda.

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