Mike Pence, Vice President
An experienced member of Congress, Pence in fact endorsed Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination for President, calling Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the US “offensive and unconstitutional”.
Now VP, Pence will aid the Trump presidency through his veteran experience and his good standing within the Grand Old Party will be a critical asset in acting as a much needed middleman between Trump and the GOP.
Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.
— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) December 8, 2015
Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary
Previously the Republican National Committee’s chief strategist and communications director during the 2016 presidential election, Spicer’s move to press secretary is his second job in the Oval Office, having previously worked in the George W. Bush administration.
Whilst working for the Bush administration, he declared himself to be a supporter of free trade, something which puts him at odds with the man he’s representing in front of the press.
The failing @nytimes has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2017
Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist and Counselor to the President
Rewarded by the new President after his successes as his campaign chief, Bannon was previously editor of far-right news website Breitbart, a controversial outlet employing the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos, who was banned from Twitter for inciting targeted abuse towards actress Leslie Jones.
An executive action by Trump means that he sits on the National Security Council’s Principals Committee; an unprecedented move which has attracted substantial criticism in Washington. Time magazine called him “The Great Manipulator” on their February 2017 cover, asking the question; “Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?”
— TIME (@TIME) February 2, 2017
Jared Kushner, Senior Adviser
Married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, Kushner formed a successful career through his father’s property development firm, Kushner Companies. He also founded news outlet Observer Media, but has plans to sell his stake due to his new position in the Trump administration.
After Trump was embroiled in an anti-semitic row during the 2016 presidential campaign, he wrote an open letter entitled ‘The Donald I Know’. In the letter he said that “America faces serious challenges…I’m confident that my father in law, with his outstanding record of real results, will be successful tackling these challenges”.
Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President
Just like Pence, Conway endorsed Ted Cruz during the Republican presidential primaries. She in fact helped produce attack ads on Trump, criticising his stance on abortion before becoming a senior adviser for the Trump campaign. She was the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign.
Conway has already made the headlines since becoming Counselor, coining the term “alternative facts” in response to Spicer’s widely criticised statements regarding the size of Trump’s inauguration crowds.
“Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods,” Chuck Todd tells Pres. Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/Ao005dQ13r
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017
She also spoke about the non-existent ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ when citing justification for Trump’s 90-day travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
— TIME (@TIME) February 3, 2017
Reince Priebus, Chief of Staff
A Republican heavyweight, Priebus was previously the longest serving RNC Chairman, holding the position from 2011 to 2017.
His relationship with Trump had been uneasy during the Republican primaries, with Trump attacking the RNC as “weak” and saying that “The bottom line is the RNC is controlled by the establishment”.
Priebus has also been at odds with Trump over his temporary travel ban, saying “It’s not something that I believe in or our party believes in”.
Priebus’ insider knowledge and Washington-savvy attitude will be critically vital if President Trump is to leave behind a successful presidency.