Trump taps top aides to RNC, Sessions for key White House roles – The Hill

President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpReports: US to transfer 4 Gitmo detainees to Saudi Arabia Sheriff offers to have prison inmates help build Trump’s Mexico wall Spicer: Trump’s tweets ‘drive the news’ MORE on Wednesday rewarded top aides to some of his closest confidants with key positions in the White House as he builds out a team that is heavy on veterans from the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the office of Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsConfirmation crush hits peak Wednesday Trump taps top aides to RNC, Sessions for key White House roles Jeff Sessions pushed JASTA and real accountability MORE (R-Ala.).

Trump’s team announced the hiring of Katie Walsh, the former finance director and chief of staff at the RNC, as deputy chief of staff at the White House.

Walsh will be going back to work for her old boss, former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who will be Trump’s chief of staff.

Walsh was a fast riser at the RNC, which under Priebus’s leadership embraced Trump’s candidacy at an early stage and was instrumental in providing the resources he needed to get elected.

Walsh and former RNC strategist Sean Spicer, who has taken a job at the White House as press secretary, were Preibus’s top aides at the RNC. Trump on Wednesday also brought on Raj Shah, a research director at the RNC, to act in the same role in his White House.

Also on Wednesday, Trump hired Sessions’s chief of staff Rick Dearborn to lead the White House legislative affairs office, a position that will be critical in helping to guide Trump’s legislative agenda through Congress. He will be assisted in that role by Marc Short, a close ally of Vice President-elect Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceBattle lines drawn on ObamaCare repeal Manchin touts ‘productive’ meeting with Pence McConnell: Americans ‘will not tolerate’ Dems blocking SCOTUS nominee MORE.

Dearborn has decades of experience on Capitol Hill. He will join another former Sessions aide, Stephen Miller, at the White House. Miller is a senior adviser to Trump and his chief speechwriter.

Sessions is Trump’s pick for attorney general. His Senate confirmation hearing is next week.

The Trump transition team on Wednesday also announced that Joe Hagin, a veteran of the last three Republican White Houses, will serve as deputy chief of staff for operations.

But the hiring of Walsh and Dearborn will get the most attention, as they come from different and sometimes competing spheres of Trump’s orbit.


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