Trump names Orthodox Christian as White House chief of staff

November 14, 2016

Reince Priebus (left) with Abp. Demetrios (center) Reince Priebus (left) with Abp. Demetrios (center)

President-elect Donald Trump has named Reince Priebus, an Orthodox Christian, as his White House chief of staff come January 2017.

The forty-four year old Priebus has a long history in politics, and is a personal friend of House speaker Paul Ryan, which is expected to help in garnering legislative victories for the Trump administration, The Guardian reports.

Priebus has served as state treasurer and Republican party chairman in Wisconsin, and took up the post of Republican National Convention chairman in 2011, becoming a loyal Trump campaign adviser and helping to garner broad support that led to his victory.

More importantly, the soon-to-be chief of staff is an Orthodox Christian, and through his efforts with fellow Orthodox Republicans, the need for defending religious freedom in places of high risk for Orthodox Christians was added to the Republic Party platform, according to the Greek Archdiocese’s official site.

Priebus is an active member of St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Catheral in D.C. His 2016 Paschal message reads:

Christos anesti! I want to wish Orthodox Christians around the world a happy and blessed Easter. As our church has done for generations, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the love of God in providing a savior. Just as the first Christians praised God at the sight of the empty tomb, we too praise our good and merciful God today for his victory over the grave. Christ's sacrificial work provides an example for us all, and we join with the Psalmist in saying 'You make known to me the path of life.' Easter is a time for the celebration of new life, and I pray we will all draw on that new hope throughout the year,

and on his personal Twitter account he exclaimed: “To my Greek Orthodox friends, Kalo Pascha and Christos Anesti!”


Dionysios Gregorio2/23/2020 6:41 pm
I can't believe my Orthodox bretheren advocate for and praise this horrible example of humanity. Trump and his family exemplify everything my saintly grandma taught me was sinful and wrong. How can good Orthodox faithful support this man? Are you paying any attention to what he is actually doing?
Caroline Balona9/7/2018 9:50 am
@Peter Spiropoulos.
Wow!!! Such hatred????? Who are you talking about? If it's President Trump, you are sadly mistaken for Trump is sent to us from God to sort out all the evil of the world. And, he's doing a good job about it too!!!
Lighten up!!!! Get some love into your heart!!!
Peter Spiropoulos12/29/2017 4:49 am
Ah yes, Priebus who was then fired.

May our Lord show mercy on those supposed Orthodox Christians who voted for this heretical forerunner of the Antichrist who hurts Christ with his sins, hatred, racism and new Nazi alt-right ideals. The Athonite Elders are extremely angry against this despicable monster and his hatred against all things Christian, his lies, his hatred for the poor, innocent, downtrodden and innocent.

mike maheras11/21/2016 10:36 pm
god bless america
OLGA BORDNER11/18/2016 6:49 pm
CHRIST IS AMOUNG US OTHODOX CHRISTIANS! It's great to have some of our leader's backing up Christians. God has heard our prayers to save us & our country, by Trump winning the Presidental race. Will be praying for our new elected leaders to make the right decisions make America what it stands for. Thank you for this article! Yours in Christ!
Peter Tadros Samaan11/17/2016 8:43 am
Reince preibus will serve trump with love ,for in every place were love is dominant it will flourish
Dorothea Flanigan11/17/2016 6:48 am
Excellent choice. Someone who isn't looking to be bought by lobbyists. Someone with a conscience.
Hany Nashed11/16/2016 9:18 am
May the Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ bless your life and give you all give you all the success in the USA service like Joseph success inEgypt
Brett Bode11/16/2016 2:40 am
I am excited about the prospects for peace arising out of President Elect Trump's victory.......He needs to reconsider his intention to reverse the Iran Nuclear Agreement of President Obama, hop on a plane and gave a sit down with the Iranian leader's. He is almost alone capable of negotiating a peace plan that will get us out of the Mid East quaigmire and ultimately allow America to withdraw from its Middle East misadventures & become a normal nation in a world community of nations.
Magui11/16/2016 1:17 am
May Our Lord Jesus Christ illuminate your heart and his Holy mother, the Theotokos overshadow you and help you to bring peace back to this country and protect you, Amen
Carol Maker11/16/2016 12:56 am
Please tell Mr, Priebus that when he wishes Christos Anesti it should not be to all GREEK Orthodox Christians but to ALL ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS

I wish him much good luck in his new position.

Adel salib11/15/2016 9:41 pm
After last 8 years of night mare God the almighty said enough of ......
Helen Haney11/15/2016 8:18 pm
Wonderful news!
I'm a Russian Orthodox member and I have more in common now

with Reince Prebius than before.
We need more affliation with God tohelp us along the way
VIKTOR11/15/2016 4:27 pm
barbara karleen11/15/2016 4:15 pm
I would like to post this article on Facebook.
Very Reverend Father Nicholas and Mrs. Neyman & family11/15/2016 10:51 am
Dear Mr. Priebus, Congratulations! Marbrook! It is with great joy for God'blessing for our America on Archangel Michael's feast day.Khouryie Malvina, our children and 13 Grandchildren join me in extending to you and your family our fondest prayers and best wishes. Having just celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary the election of 'the new president elect, Mr. Donald Trump was a special blessing. May our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Theotokos and Arc )angel Michael bless and protect you and yours. May Almighty God bless President Elect Trump, his family and theses United States of America. Sincerely yours in the Risen Lord Jesse Christ, Very Reverend Father Nicholas Neyman, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese
Rev.& Mrs.Nicholas Neyman11/15/2016 8:27 am
God bless our President-Elect Donald Trump and all his loved ones,all his appointees and staff. God bless Reince Priebus Our new WhitenHousenChief of Starr,God willing. Maynour Lord Jesus Christ protect,guide,granting wisdom,strong faith ,strength and success in all they
Nawal Ghobrial11/15/2016 7:51 am
As an Coptic Orthodox from Egypt and living in New Orleans since 1968
and proud to be American Egyptian and very proud Republican since 1973 happy to know this news specially how the Copts suffer from the Radical Islam and the Muslems Brotherhood
Congratulation Mr. Reince Priebus God bless you always
Issa Guirguis11/15/2016 7:26 am
We really appreciate the new changes of the very impressive new administration in the white house.We have to thank our Saviour for accepting Christianity as leading policy of the new Era. OUR ALMIGHTY GOD IS GREAT FOE ELECTING TRUMP AS GIFT FROM HEAVEN.
George11/15/2016 7:24 am
Putin is doing a good job fighting ISIS,right where it hurts.Their oil supplies Why aren't these oil rich Arabs the Saudis The Kuwaitis Qatar with all these sophisticated weapons lifting a finger to fight ISIS in their own back yard?
Joe Daugherty11/15/2016 5:46 am
And Bill Clinton had Orthodox Christian George Stephanopoulos on his staff. Somebodies point is ?
Carole Pagnotto11/15/2016 4:51 am
The LORD answered our prayers this election. He said "If my people who are called by my Name will pray, I will hear from heaven and heal their land." Praise be to the LORD God Almighty for his mercy and compassion and that He keeps His promises.
Fekry Francis11/15/2016 4:33 am
We thank God for Mr. Trump& his team, who will reset the evil imbalance and restore to America its identity.
Fr. John Kunjukunju11/15/2016 4:17 am
To begin with,
this is one of the best things Mr.Trump do to the nation. I wish and implore, to reverse all the Anti-God legislation and executive orders of the past so that this nation be once again great and beacon to the world.

Forgetting all the past sinfulness, I would love to read Mr. Trump as a man of God, man of prayer and a Christian, not shy of gospel and Jesus, in line with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. God Bless you and your team.
Archprist George Larin11/15/2016 1:01 am
Слава Тебе Господи - вся премудростию сотворил еси!
Mariana Bates11/15/2016 12:42 am
Very Nice!

Thanks God!

Mariana Bates -CA
Kamal elias11/15/2016 12:06 am
God bless America and all the Christian people around the world god bless the Orthodox Church and all the HH and HG serving in orthodox churches sroud
The world
Desa Rnich11/14/2016 11:33 pm
We are so Happy for trump and priabus
George Zakharia 11/14/2016 10:46 pm
Good news for Christianity across the world , specially the Greek Orthodox of the Middle East . I pray to Jesus that justice and peace will prevail under the Trump presidency .


George Zakharia
Vickie11/14/2016 10:29 pm
Awesome. Thanks be to God. Mr Trump is using people of God and strength to help him Make America Great again. May they truly keep their hearts centered to follow the Constitution of the US and the principles of God's love for the whole world.
Clara Haralambis11/14/2016 10:27 pm
So very proud of you, BRAVO ! Prayers for you in your new position, may our Lord be with you!
Joel11/14/2016 9:50 pm
As an Orthodox Christian, I am thrilled to see a fellow Orthodox Christian working at such a high level in Washington,DC! Congratulations to Mr.Priebus on his appointment. This will go a long way in reconciling the USA with Russia, and President Putin.
Maybe the United States will be able to finally take a stand against Islamic terrorist organizations and the slaughter of so many Christian men women and children by ISIL. By the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior,Jesus Christ. AMEN
Susan Purcell11/14/2016 8:50 pm
Very encouraging
Barbara11/14/2016 8:40 pm
Congratulations and best wishes for a good, strong
Leadership for all people, to Reince Priebus!
Greek Orthodox Christians always pursue peace
and love for all, and are strong believers
and protectors of human rights of
all people
George Ellis Mims11/14/2016 7:42 pm
Thank God for our new White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus! Finally after long last the plight of thousands of Christians, many beheaded for their faith in Jesus, will touch hearts in the White House and beyond. God grant Reince many years in service to our country!
Noone11/14/2016 5:11 pm
"To my Greek Orthodox friends"

not to all Orthodox? Greek nationalism.
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