On Thursday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon said helping President Donald Trump accomplish his campaign promises is an act of unity and teamwork.
So much for media reports about mounting tensions and battling agendas between the two key players at the White House.
The duo appeared together for an interview with American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland earlier this week.
Their light-hearted friendly banter and commitment to the Trump agenda demolished rumors of animosity in the ranks at the White House.
“We share an office suite together. We’re basically together from 6:30 in the morning until about 11 o’clock at night,” Priebus said. “I can talk about data and ground game and Steve can talk about big ideas, but the truth of the matter is … President Donald Trump was the one guy, the one person who was able to bring this one party together.”
In complete solidarity, the two described their work at the White House as the effort of a focused team.
“Our job every day is to execute that [Trump’s] agenda … all of his promises will be implemented,” Bannon said.
Bannon recalled earlier media reports that portrayed Trump’s campaign as the most chaotic and unprofessional in modern memory.
“And then you saw them all crying and weeping that night on the eighth, and the reason it worked was Trump,” he said. “We are a coalition – that’s the power of this movement.”
The mutual respect and friendship between the two men was obvious. So was their commitment and enthusiasm to accomplish the President’s goals.
“We’re different, but where we are very similar is that I think he [Bannon] is very dogged in making sure that every day the promises the Trump has made are the promises we are working on,” Priebus said.
Donald Trump will speak at CPAC on Friday, the first president to do so in his first year since Ronald Reagan in 1981.
Priebus explained that Trump’s core principles echo President Reagan’s, like the concept of “peace through strength.”
“And some of it is gonna take a little a time, to get the jobs back, get money back in people’s pockets. Those things are all going to happen … but it’s going to take all of us working together to make it happen.”
Bannon, who described Priebus as “indefatigable and steady,” agreed.
“We are a nation with a culture and a reason for being, and I think that’s what unites us,” Bannon added. “Hold us accountable for delivering on what we promised.”