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Priebus Dismisses Bannon’s Alt-Right Allegations After Trump Appoints Him Chief Strategist

priebusRepublican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus says that people shouldn’t be so concerned about President-Elect Donald Trump‘s decision to give Steve Bannon a top-level position in his upcoming administration.

Priebus was named Trump’s upcoming Chief of Staff on Sunday, and at around the same time, Bannon was assigned the role of chief strategist and senior counselor. Bannon was the head of Breitbart before he became Trump’s campaign CEO, and there are a lot of people who are nervous that an alleged anti-semite, white nationalist and alt-right figure would have the president’s ear.

Priebus appeared on NBC’s Today on Monday morning, and he was asked about those concerned about his partnership with Bannon.

“I don’t know where they’re coming from,” Priebus said. “That’s not the Steve Bannon that I know. I have sat with him for months, I have not ever for one time experienced that and I think people are taking it way too far.”

Priebus also argued that just because Bannon ran Breitbart, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the site’s more controversial elements reflect on him. Priebus described Bannon as a “very smart, very temperate,” person who showed none of those odious qualities while the two of them worked together.

“You need to give people time and give people an opportunity,” Priebus said.

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