Chief of Staff


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The head of the White House Staff and arguably, the President's most powerful advisor. Often referred to as the gatekeeper because of their ability to control access and direct the flow of information to the president.


The role of Chief of Staff was formalized as the assistant to the president in 1946 and acquired its current name in 1961. The Chief of Staff is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the president; it does not require Senate confirmation.


Trump chooses Priebus as chief of staff; Bannon to play major role



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