Donald Trump has chosen two key White House aides

As president-elect, Donald Trump has started to shape his future team in the White House. We're now getting more of a sense of what this will look like as he has made two crucial appointments: chief of staff and chief strategist.

Trump has announced that Breitbart news executive Steve Bannon will be chief strategist and senior counsellor, which is somewhat of a controversial choice.

Steve Bannon
(Evan Vucci/AP)

Bannon has ties to the alt-right and white nationalist movement, and transformed the Breitbart news site into the leading mouthpiece of the party's anti-establishment wing, helping to fuel Trump's political rise.

Bannon was also on the shortlist for chief of staff and although he missed out on this position, he is expected to be a major player in Trump's administration after getting top billing in the press release announcing the two appointments.

For chief of staff, Trump has picked a more establishment figure, Republican chief Reince Priebus. Priebus is well-acquainted with the Washington scene that Trump has vowed to shake up, and has close links with House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Reince Priebus
(Matt Rourke/AP)

Priebus is a much more traditional choice than Bannon, and is seen as an olive branch to the Republicans who control both houses of Congress.

"I am very grateful to the president-elect for this opportunity to serve him and this nation as we work to create an economy that works for everyone, secure our borders, repeal and replace Obamacare and destroy radical Islamic terrorism," Priebus said.

Obama and Trump
(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Trump said: "Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory. Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again."

Neither Priebus nor Bannon bring policy experience to their new White House roles.

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