Trump fills out White House communications staff, names Spicer top press aide

In one broad move on Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump assembled his White House communications team, a step which began with the elevation of RNC spokesperson Sean Spicer to the role of White House Press Secretary.

Joining Spicer are three others: Hope Hicks, Jason Miller and Dan Scavino.

Hicks, who along with Jason Miller has been with Trump since the beginning of the New York businessman’s campaign, will assume the position of director of strategic communications.  Miller will become director of communications and Dan Scavino will direct the White House’s social media office.

“Sean, Hope, Jason and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition.  I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again,” Trump announced in a statement following their appointments.

Clutching a long resume in GOP politics, Spicer, 45, was communications director for the Republican conference in the U.S. House.  Later he became the assistant U.S. Trade Representative for media and public affairs in the George W. Bush White House.

Following roles with the GOP and Bush, Spicer took over at the RNC and has directed strategic communications since 2011.  He held the dual role as spokesman for the RNC during the 2016 election cycle.

A former model, New York native Hope Hicks will serve as Director of Strategic Communications.  Hicks joined Trump early on and opted to remain with the campaign after given the choice to work with the Trump Organization or stay with Trump’s campaign.

The daughter of two former congressional aides, Hicks worked with New York-based Hiltzik Strategies before accepting a position as Ivanka Trump’s press associate.

Working full time with the Trump campaign since mid-2016, Hicks has earned a reputation of being collegial with journalists and sharp witted with Trump media strategists.

Hicks is the current spokeswoman for the Trump transition team.

 

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