Reince Priebus, former chair of the Republican National Committee and White House chief of staff during the Trump administration, says he believes Milwaukee is the frontrunner to host the 2024 Republican National Convention.

Priebus, a Wisconsin native, on WISN’s “UpFront,” produced in partnership with, he would likely chair the host committee if Milwaukee received the bid.

“That’s what it looks like,” Priebus said on Sunday’s program. “If we do get the convention, I’ll probably do that, but it’s obviously something I think we all would do for our own community.”

Milwaukee is one of three finalists alongside Nashville and Salt Lake City. Members of the RNC site selection committee are expected to tour Nashville today. The group was in Milwaukee Feb. 16-17. Priebus greeted members at Fiserv Forum.

“They were really impressed,” Priebus said. “I have to say VISIT Milwaukee did a really nice job on the tour.”

Priebus also praised acting Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, who addressed the group during a dinner that Wednesday evening.

“He talked about 9/11, the impressions that he had of George W. Bush at the time, the fact that was one of the main motivators in his life for public service,” Priebus said. “He pledged as a Democrat mayor to be a great partner with the RNC and to continue the tradition of Democrat mayors partnering with the Republican National Committee, and he did it in a gracious, elegant way that I thought the committee members were really impressed.”

Priebus, who served as former President Trump’s chief of staff from January 2017 to July 2017, said Trump will “probably” run again and could be the 2024 nominee.

“I mean, certainly I think if we were making that decision today, he probably would be,” Priebus said. “I don’t know whether he’s going to run. I think he probably will run, but it’s a long way away. It’s anybody’s call, and there’s a lot of people in our party who I know are snooping around, but so is President Trump.”

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