It's President-elect Trump Day 6, but who's counting? On Sunday, Trump announced Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff and Stephen Bannon as Chief Strategist. Marketplace's DC Bureau Chief Andrea Seabrook explains the reaction from Washington:
First of all, oh my gosh. If Wednesday was a shocker for the entire Washington politician universe, having Reince Preibus move in as the Chief of Staff, it's a big shock. The man has been on the outs of the Republican party for years now. This is the guy who shepherded out the establishment fundraising platform, even post-Citizens United. This is the guy who more or less scared away every donor. Maybe he was a harbinger of a Donald Trump presidency, because the Republican party has eaten itself alive for a lot of years and was thought to be eating itself alive in this election, until Donald Trump pulled out Wisconsin and Michigan, and now it's Reince Preibus in the White House? I think I've said this three times in this podcast, we woke up in Mars.
One of the first agenda items discussed for Donald Trump's presidency has been a trillion-dollar bill for infrastructure. Seabrook is unsure if such a bill would have Speaker Paul Ryan's blessing:
It's going to be incredibly difficult. At the same time that Donald Trump and lots of other people are talking about immense spending deals — I remember the gasp in the room when George Bush said $87 billion in investment — you talk about a trillion? I mean again, Mars. We should call this podcast, "Politics on Mars." At the same time that they're saying they want to do this, they're also saying they're going to cut down income tax brackets down to three, topping off at 33 percent, which is a lot lower than it is now. They're talking about cutting corporate tax rates. They're talking about all of these ideas to spend money, but to drain the Treasury at the same time through tax changes. That is not going to fly with people like Paul Ryan.