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Reince Priebus: Trump’s powerful Chief of Staff with Greek roots

President-elect Donald Trump picked Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, to be his White House chief of staff. According to some US media, the 44-year-old Priebus was the only candidate for the position.

“It is truly an honor to join President-elect Trump in the White House as his Chief of Staff,” said 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.

The appointment was made on Sunday and it might have cheered up Greeks as the man is the most powerful position in Trump’s cabinet has Greek roots. His mother is from the famous Lesvos village producing one of the best Ouzo Plomari, his father is German. Reince Priebus was born in Dover, New Jersey.


Will Priebus promote the Greek national issues? there is no guarantee for this. there were also US-presidents’ advisors and cabinet members of Greek origin who did fairly little for the Greek cause, whatever this was in the given times of history.

US-media note that “Priebus maintained a close relationship with Trump during the chaotic 2016 presidential election campaign, urging the businessman to tone down his controversial comments while repeatedly pleading with his party members to unite behind their nominee.”

During Trump’s victory’s speech early Wednesday morning, the president-elect singled out Priebus for his assistance during the campaign, saying, “Reince is really a star and he is the hardest-working guy.”

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The position of chief of staff is a hugely influential role during any administration, with the office-holder serving as a form of gatekeeper to the president and providing advice.

In order to maintain the balance in his cabinet, Trump appointed also former campaign chairman and conservative media firebrand Steve Bannon his chief strategist and a senior counselor on Sunday.

John Weaver, the top campaign strategist another Republican presidential contender tweeted about Bannon as “the racist, fascist extreme right is represented footsteps from the Oval Office. Be very vigilant America.”

While the world is awaiting for the rest of Trump’s cabinet, a conservative US website reveals that the president-elect’s top military adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, is lobbying for obscure company with ties to Turkish government and to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The Daily Caller notes that:

An intelligence consulting firm Intel Group founded by retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s top military adviser, was recently hired as a lobbyist by an obscure Dutch company called Inovo BV that was foundedby Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin who holds a top position on Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board.

The revelation of that new lobbying contract, which has not been previously reported, raises several questions given that Trump is said to be considering Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), to take over as either Secretary of Defense or National Security Advisor.

In an op-ed, Flynn recently called for extradition of Fetullah Gulen to Turkey which considers his as the mastermind of the attempted coup of July. He described Gulen as “radical Islamist.”

PS If Trump appoints also Flynn, he will have the perfect balance for the Greek and Turkish relations and issues.

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  1. Don’t look to Priebus for any specific consideration for Greece. Right now he and “The Donald” are discussing how to stop giving any money, equipment or other support to NATO nations, including Greece. He doesn’t even support or offer consideration for half of US citizens much less a foreign “left leaning” country. FYI, to US politicians Greece, regardless if it’s SYRIZA or ND, is a left leaning country.

    You would be greatly surprised how many Greek republicans here are on the “No Immigrants” bandwagon. Sad but true seeing as most either ARE immigrants or the children/grandchildren of immigrants.

    Of course, “The Donald” has so far changed his mind on most of his top pledges, so who really knows. In the end, it will depend on if money can be made in Greece. If not, look for nothing. If so, help will come…but that would be at least a few years away.

    • Greece is open for investments 🙂

    • Giaourti Giaourtaki

      They are MIGRANTS, the same political camp in Europe calls people like these “migrants” and Donald Kraut is also a migrant and like all Americans he is illegal, a decadent thief of America doing illegal “elections” with 1 million Red Indians – Real Americans and a huge number of these – not being allowed to vote and forced to speak a occupation language to protest this against illegal European laws, forced on a Free America by Christian invaders with their Middle-Eastern gods and after 400 years it’s time the “pilgrims” follow the Ottoman example and just go home and leave America alone.

      • you keep repeating the same story again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again – Last time I ‘approve’ – big yawn

  2. I really don’t comprehend what is weong with you Greeks. You appear unable to deal with observed reality over decades, and instead persist with this delusion (among many) that Greek diaspora in political power abroad will do something good for Greece. It has NEVER happened, and never will. The USA under Trump will do deals with Erdogan and ignore Greece totally, unless it’s to tell Tsipras to do something that Erdogan has demanded.

    • I don’t know about deals with Turkey but he was elected to put the interests of the USA first and I’m sure that’s what he will do.
      I just wish Greek politicians would put the country before their own interests as they were elected to do.

      • Your wish is granted. There have been many, and currently are, Greeks in US government (one even ran for president). To date, not a single one has done anything related to Greece. All did what they were elected to do for the US. There’s not one single exception.