Mon Nov 14, 2016 08:35PM
Republican president-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, and Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon stand on stage during the election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)
Republican president-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, and Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon stand on stage during the election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)

The notorious Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party have praised US President-elect Donald Trump over appointing a white supremacist to a top position in the White House.

Stephen Bannon, his campaign chairman and former head of the right-wing Breitbart News website, was appointed by the property tycoon as chief strategist and senior counselor to the president on Sunday.

While it has outraged many Democrats, the appointment is drawing praise from white nationalists.

“Perhaps the Donald is for real,” Rocky Suhayda, the chairman of the American Nazi Party, told CNN on Monday.

The appointment was also described as an “excellent” one by former KKK leader David Duke.

As Duke endorsed Trump in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the New York billionaire initially said he does not know him but ultimately disavowed him days later.

“David Duke is a bad person, who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years,” Trump told MSNBC in March. “I disavowed him. I disavowed the KKK.”

The president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute, Richard Spencer, also indicated that Bannon would “push Trump in the right direction,” adding, “That would be a wonderful thing.”

According to the author of the white nationalist website Occidental Dissent, Bannon “will hold Trump to the promises he has already made during the campaign,”

“We endorse many of those promises like building the wall, deportations, ending refugee resettlement, (and) preserving the Second Amendment.”