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Published: 2017/04/16
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Published: 2013/09/09
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Published: 2009/06/03
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Role of White House Chief of Staff
Published: 2013/05/21
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White House Chief of Staff Announcement
Published: 2010/10/01
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White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on President Trump
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on President Trump's first 100 days
Published: 2017/04/30
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Longtime Obama aide Alyssa Mastromonaco on working with the president and leaving the White House
Published: 2014/04/17
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White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on media ‘We are going to fight back’
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on media ‘We are going to fight back’
Published: 2017/01/22
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Life Inside the White House: Obama Staffers Reflect
Life Inside the White House: Obama Staffers Reflect
Published: 2013/05/17
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Reince Priebus: Immigration Ban Could Include More Countries (Full) | Meet The Press | NBC News
Published: 2017/01/29
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Trump names RNC chairman as White House chief of staff
Trump names RNC chairman as White House chief of staff
Published: 2016/11/14
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Anthony Scaramucci White House Press Briefing 7/21/17
Anthony Scaramucci White House Press Briefing 7/21/17
Published: 2017/07/21
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Published: 2016/09/10
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White House staff quickly flips house for new first family
Published: 2017/01/19
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Former White House chiefs of staff talk Trump White House
Former White House chiefs of staff talk Trump White House
Published: 2016/11/14
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Published: 2017/02/20
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Published: 2017/07/21
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How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
Published: 2017/04/20
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Published: 2016/11/11
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Former White House chief of staff remembers Nancy Reagan
Former White House chief of staff remembers Nancy Reagan
Published: 2016/03/06
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Reince Priebus named as Trump
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Published: 2016/11/14
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REPORT: White House Deputy Chief of Staff and #NeverTrumper Source of LEAKS
REPORT: White House Deputy Chief of Staff and #NeverTrumper Source of LEAKS
Published: 2017/02/20
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White House chief of staff on how Trump won the White House
White House chief of staff on how Trump won the White House
Published: 2017/01/10
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Deputy chief of Staff Katie Walsh leaving the WH in an effort to Reboot and get back on track
Deputy chief of Staff Katie Walsh leaving the WH in an effort to Reboot and get back on track
Published: 2017/03/30
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Donald Trump’s Friend Bashes White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus
Donald Trump’s Friend Bashes White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus
Published: 2017/02/13
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Reince Priebus White House Chief of Staff One-On-One with Chris Wallace.
Reince Priebus White House Chief of Staff One-On-One with Chris Wallace.
Published: 2017/03/26
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10 for 2014 with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough
10 for 2014 with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough
Published: 2014/12/24
Channel: The Obama White House
Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House
Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: Commonwealth Club
Former Obama chief of staff on Trump
Former Obama chief of staff on Trump's wiretap claim, GOP health care plan
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: CBS This Morning
White House chief of staff Andrew Card resigns
White House chief of staff Andrew Card resigns
Published: 2015/07/30
Channel: AP Archive
Tales From the Wild West (Wing): Reflections from White House Chiefs of Staff Featuring John Podesta
Tales From the Wild West (Wing): Reflections from White House Chiefs of Staff Featuring John Podesta
Published: 2013/02/26
Channel: Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Ex-White House Chief Of Staff: ‘We Can Transfer Power Without Being Ugly’ | TODAY
Ex-White House Chief Of Staff: ‘We Can Transfer Power Without Being Ugly’ | TODAY
Published: 2016/11/11
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Treason: White House Deputy Chief Of Staff Guilty Of Trump Leaks - Hot news
Treason: White House Deputy Chief Of Staff Guilty Of Trump Leaks - Hot news
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: 24h News
Priebus Tapped as White House Chief of Staff
Priebus Tapped as White House Chief of Staff
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: Associated Press
Meet Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh: The Woman Who Helps Coordinate Trump’s White House
Meet Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh: The Woman Who Helps Coordinate Trump’s White House
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: Martin Brodel
Priebus talks Spicer
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Published: 2017/07/22
Channel: Fox News
White House Chief of Staff - William M. Daley - Jesuit Trained
White House Chief of Staff - William M. Daley - Jesuit Trained
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: Providence
Trump shakes up West Wing staff
Trump shakes up West Wing staff
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: CNN
President Elect Trump picks Priebus as White House chief of staff, Bannon as top adviser
President Elect Trump picks Priebus as White House chief of staff, Bannon as top adviser
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: The Doctor Of Common Sense
US - President-elect Donald Trump selects Priebus as White House chief of staff
US - President-elect Donald Trump selects Priebus as White House chief of staff
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: FRANCE 24 English
White House chief of staff has something to say to Trump
White House chief of staff has something to say to Trump
Published: 2017/01/16
Channel: World Source
Video: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus Says Aspects of Islam
Video: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus Says Aspects of Islam 'Problematic'
Published: 2016/11/20
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Published: 2016/11/20
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Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Obama farewell speech
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Published: 2017/01/10
Channel: CBS This Morning
Obama White House Chief of Staff - Denis McDonough - Jesuit Trained
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Published: 2017/07/12
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Former White House Chief of Staff talks career, Trump
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Published: 2017/03/28
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White House Chief of Staff McDonough visits Oak Park
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Published: 2016/04/29
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Published: 2016/05/06
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White House Chief of Staff
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Incumbent
Reince Priebus

since January 20, 2017
Executive Office of the President
White House Office
Reports to The President
Appointer The President
Formation 1946 (Assistant to the President)
1961 (White House Chief of Staff)
First holder John R. Steelman
Succession None
Website The White House

The White House Chief of Staff has traditionally been the highest-ranking employee of the White House. The chief of staff's position is a modern successor to the earlier role of the president's private secretary. The role 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.

Reince Priebus is the current chief of staff.[1]

History[edit]

The duties of the White House chief of staff vary greatly from one administration to another, and in fact, there is no legal requirement that the president even fill the position. However, since at least 1979, all presidents have found the need for a chief of staff, who typically oversees the actions of the White House staff, manages the president's schedule, and decides who is allowed to meet with the president. Because of these duties, the chief of staff has at various times been labeled "The Gatekeeper", or "the power behind the throne".[citation needed]

Originally, the duties now performed by the chief of staff belonged to the president's private secretary and were fulfilled by crucial confidants and advisers such as George B. Cortelyou, Joseph Tumulty, and Louis McHenry Howe to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt, respectively.[2] The private secretary served as the president's de facto chief aide in a role that combined personal and professional assignments of highly delicate and demanding natures, requiring great skill and discretion.[3] The job of gatekeeper and overseeing the president's schedule was separately delegated to the appointments secretary, as with FDR's aide Edwin "Pa" Watson.

From 1933 to 1939, as he greatly expanded the scope of the federal government's policies and powers in response to the Great Depression, Roosevelt relied on his "Brain Trust" of top advisers. Although working directly for the president, they were often appointed to vacant positions in agencies and departments, whence they drew their salaries since the White House lacked statutory or budgetary authority to create new staff positions. It was not until 1939, during Franklin D. Roosevelt's second term in office, that the foundations of the modern White House staff were created using a formal structure. Roosevelt was able to get Congress to approve the creation of the Executive Office of the President, which would report directly to the president.

In 1946, in response to the rapid growth of the U.S. government's executive branch, the position of assistant to the president of the United States was established. Charged with the affairs of the White House, it was the immediate predecessor to the modern chief of staff. It was in 1953, under Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, that the president's preeminent assistant was designated the White House chief of staff.

Assistant to the president became a rank generally shared by the chief of staff with such senior aides as deputy chiefs of staff, the White House counsel, the White House press secretary, and others. This new system did not catch on immediately. Democrats Kennedy and Johnson still relied on their appointments secretaries instead, and it was not until the Nixon administration that the chief of staff took over maintenance of the President's schedule. This concentration of power in the Nixon and Ford White House (whose last chief of staff was Dick Cheney) led presidential candidate Jimmy Carter to campaign in 1976 with the promise that he would not appoint a chief of staff. And indeed, for the first two and a half years of his presidency, he appointed no one to the post.[4][5]

The average tenure for a White House chief of staff is a little more than 18 months.[6] John R. Steelman, under Harry S. Truman, was the last chief of staff to serve for an entire presidential administration. Steelman also holds the record for longest-serving chief of staff (six years). Most White House chiefs of staff are former politicians, and many continue their political careers in other senior roles. Lyndon Johnson's chief of staff W. Marvin Watson became postmaster general later in LBJ's term. Richard Nixon's Chief of Staff Alexander Haig became secretary of state under Ronald Reagan. Cheney later became a Congressman for Wyoming, secretary of defense under George H. W. Bush and vice president in the George W. Bush administration. Donald Rumsfeld was another chief of staff for Ford and subsequently served as secretary of defense both in the Ford administration and decades later, also in the George W. Bush administration. Rahm Emanuel left the House of Representatives to become Barack Obama's chief of staff and subsequently became mayor of Chicago. Jack Lew, President Obama's fourth chief of staff, was later appointed Secretary of the Treasury.

Role[edit]

Chief of Staff Jack Watson (1980–81) meets with President Carter.

Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, loosely describes the role of a White House chief of staff through his interview with former President Barack Obama: "During the last days of his presidency, Barack Obama observed: 'One of the things I've learned is that the big breakthroughs are typically the result of a lot of grunt work—just a whole lot of blocking and tackling.' Grunt work is what chiefs of staff do."[6]

The responsibilities of the chief of staff are both managerial and advisory and can include the following:

  • Select key White House staff and supervise them;
  • Structure the White House staff system;
  • Control the flow of people into the Oval Office;
  • Manage the flow of information;
  • Protect the interests of the president;
  • Negotiate with Congress, other members of the executive branch, and extra-governmental political groups to implement the president's agenda; and
  • Advise the president on various issues, including telling the president what he does not want to hear.[6]

Richard Nixon's first chief of staff, H. R. Haldeman, garnered a reputation in Washington for the iron hand he wielded in the position—famously referring to himself as "the president's son-of-a-bitch," he was a rigid gatekeeper who would frequently meet with administration officials in place of the president, then report himself to Nixon on the officials' talking points. Journalist Bob Woodward, in his books All the President's Men and The Secret Man, wrote that many of his sources, including the famous Deep Throat, displayed a genuine fear of Haldeman.[7][8]

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karni, Annie. "Trump’s risky approach to the West Wing". Politico. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "New Quarters". Time. 1934-12-17. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  3. ^ "An Appointment". Time. 1923-08-20. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  4. ^ "Hamilton Jordan, Carter’s Right Hand, Dies at 63". The New York Times. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Presidency and the Political System". Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Whipple, Chris. (2017). The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency. New York: Crown Publishing Group.
  7. ^ Woodward, Bob, and Bernstein, Carl. (1974) All the President's Men. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-21781-5
  8. ^ Woodward, Bob. (2005). The Secret Man. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-8715-0

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