Reince Priebus says he doesn't know his role in Trump administration


CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Priebus what job would be “best suited” for him beyond RNC chairman.

“I don’t know Jake,” Priebus said on CNN’s “The Lead.” “You’re clever to ask the question that way through the side door instead of the front door. But, look it’s really not an issue. Honestly, it just isn’t. Right now, basically most of us have had two hours of sleep in four days. I think people are taking a breath, getting some of the details figured out. There’s just these transition teams, as you know, have been working for months and months. So slowly but surely those details will come out.”

Priebus praised Trump’s victory speech early Wednesday morning, when he said he’d work for all Americans as president.

“If you look at Donald Trump’s first speech, after knowing that he was going to be President-elect of the United States, you saw 2:30 in the morning, this is a person who gave a conciliatory, measured, very appropriate, I think, extremely impressive speech about coming together, building bridges,” Priebus said. “There was no bragging, there was no re-litigating issues from the campaign trail. And he did that.”

He continued: “I’m certain that what’s in his heart is to continue reminding America that he wants to be a president for anyone in this country no matter who you are no matter where you are.”

And when asked how much of a mandate Trump has, Priebus responded the Democrats are completely out of power. He added that Republicans will act on their campaign promises, not specifying if that included Trump’s more controversial campaign platform points such has his Muslim ban.

Earlier Thursday during his Washington trip, Trump was asked by reporters directly about his controversial Muslim ban as he walked away from reporters.

“I would say the goal now is to accomplish the plan that Donald Trump has laid on the table,” Priebus said. “The American people saw the plans of both candidates. They chose a majority in the House and they chose a majority in the Senate. Now we owe it to the American people to follow through on all of our promises which will be the things that we talked … We’re going to execute a plan and an agenda and that plan is going to be the one we campaigned on.”

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