White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steven Bannon returned to Washington after President Donald Trump wrapped up his visit to Saudi Arabia, the first stop on his foreign trip.
The decision for Priebus to return to the US was pre-planned, not spur-of-the-moment, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and a second Trump adviser said.
“He was planning to come for the first stop and then head back for the budget roll out,” Sanders said.
Similarly, White House officials said Bannon’s departure was planned as well. Bannon left Sunday night so he could be in office Monday morning.
The chaotic nature of this White House has prevented Trump’s team from doing much strategic planning, the second Trump adviser said. Leaving the trip early would give Priebus time to plan for the President’s return, the adviser said.
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