President-elect Donald Trump’s pick of RNC Chair Priebus as Chief of Staff may sound alarm bells for some patriots, but he could be useful for Trump to navigate the murkier waters of Washington, says insider Roger Stone.
“It’s no secret that I was opposed to the appointment of Reince Priebus, but I’m willing to give the President-elect the benefit of the doubt,” Stone said on The Alex Jones Show Monday. “He is a shrewd judge of people, he’s always been a good judge of talent, and perhaps he can now use Reince Preibus to his will.”
Priebus’ personal character or performance during this election isn’t what has Stone concerned.
“My only reservation was the fact that his political birthright is Paul Ryan,” Stone admitted. “That he is a Ryan protégé and acolyte. And I always felt that the Chief of Staff needs to be one hundred percent loyal to the president.”
“Until I see Reince Priebus doing something that is contrary to the policies of Donald Trump, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.”
The Chief of Staff’s job will be more focused on the mechanics and implementation of President-elect Trump’s policies rather than functioning as an advisor, said Stone.
“The Chief of Staff doesn’t need to have a philosophy or an opinion, or a strategy for that matter,” he pointed out. “He’s an implementer. Hopefully he keeps the trains running on time.”
Contrarily, there are a number of reasons Steve Bannon’s appointment as Trump’s chief strategist is very encouraging, Stone said.
“Bannon understands the Trump coalition, he understands who the good guys are and the bad guys are, he’s got a good historical reference so that when neocons show up now and say ‘oh I was with you the whole time’, he knows otherwise,” Stone explained.
“Steve understands the new media, and I think that may be the most important point of all,” he noted.
Infowars has recently reported that Trump’s likely strategy in dealing with Priebus reflects the age-old idiom of “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”
And now that Trump has won the presidency, reports are emerging that anti-Trump neocons are now scrabbling for their seat at the table by falsely claiming they’d supported Trump from the beginning, making Bannon’s appointment as chief strategist that much more important.