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00:00:00
>> The next President of the United States.>>
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>> He helped Donald Trump win the White House. Now Reince Priebus will have a big say in how he runs the country. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Priebus is emerging as one of the most influential players in the incoming Trump administration.
00:00:14
Not only has he locked down the top job in the White House, he's got a key ally on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan. And he's installed another ally to replace him as Head of the Republican National Committee. That means Priebus is poised to shape events in Washington and on the campaign trail for the next four years.
00:00:33
Until now, Priebus has been best known for taking a debt ridden Republican party and rebuilding it on the way to this year's surprise presidential victory. Along the way, he's had to referee a nasty civil war between business friendly establishment types and Tea Party populists. But in 2016, his mission became keeping Donald Trump's often chaotic presidential bid from spinning out of control.
00:00:55
Unlike most of the Republican upper echelons, Priebus managing to keep whatever clashes he may have had with Trump out of the public eye. Now those backroom deal making skills serving him in the transition as well as Priebus carves out his own sphere of influence in Trump world. Priebus winning a big victory Wednesday night when Trump chose Ronna Romney McDaniel to serve as the next head of the Republican National Committee at Priebus' suggestion.
00:01:19
Trump picking the Michigan Republican Party chair and niece of Mitt Romney over candidates backed by other power players. Like billionaire donor Rebekah Mercer and Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, who's been accused of courting white nationalists and has so far not been the looming presence that many assumed he would be.
00:01:36
Just as important for Priebus, he's emerged as Trump's bridge to Congress, by way of fellow Wisconsinite and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Helping to smooth over the ugly rift that broke out between Ryan and Trump during the campaign.