Reince Priebus named Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks during the final day of the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 21, 2016. MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EPA
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks during the final day of the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 21, 2016. MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EPA

Donald Trump has named Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, as his White House chief of staff, NBC News has learned.

The Republican, who is serving his third term with the RNC, was reported to be at the top of Trump’s shortlist for the key White House position. That list also reportedly included Steve Bannon, Trump’s controversial campaign CEO whose website, Breitbart News, has espoused anti-Semitic and nationalist views.

The decision to tap Priebus for the role further contradicts Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp” of so-called Washington D.C. elites from politics.