President Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus came to CPAC on Thursday to discuss the early goals of Trump administration.
The media has debated if there’s tension between the two and their vision of the next four years. Priebus is a well-known Washington insider with establishment conservative views, and Bannon is an outsider who marches to a more populist/nationalist beat.
Given their differences, the two still had a very similar vision for the immediate future. Priebus emphasized that the most important thing that the Trump Administration could do is push the Senate to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Priebus explained that Gorsuch’s appointment built trust between Trump and the conservative movement.
“He kept his promise,” Priebus said about the President’s pledge to appoint a conservative to the Supreme Court.
Other issues Priebus said that the President should focus on is deregulation to spur economic job growth and enforcing current immigration laws such as building a wall on the Mexican border.
Bannon agreed with Priebus, but also spoke in a more populist tone. He stated that the two most important issues were immigration as well as pushing for economic patriotism by killing TPP, supporting fair trade, and bringing back traditional manufacturing jobs.
The conversation showed the two aren’t as different and confrontational as the media has implied. Instead of being a struggle for the future of the GOP, Bannon and Priebus are more like a marriage that involve a merging of assets.
Watch the full discussion below: