White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley is in the midst of a job change — but it appears he won’t be straying far from President Donald Trump’s side.
Politico reports that Gidley is set to leave the White House in order to transition into a new role as national press secretary for the Trump 2020 campaign.
Gidley will take over the campaign position vacated by Kayleigh McEnany when she assumed the role of White House press secretary back in April, and he will serve as a sort of liaison between the campaign and White House among other duties.
Trump confirms move
A top spokesman for President Trump since joining the administration in early 2017, Gidley previously served as deputy to then-Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, a close and personal friend. Prior to joining Trump’s team, Gidley worked on the failed presidential campaign of Sanders’ father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and he has a couple of decades’ worth of experience working on other Republican campaigns.
The news about Gidley’s transition was confirmed via a tweet on Tuesday from President Trump, who wrote, “Hogan Gidley will be leaving the White House on July 1 and heading over to my campaign to be the National Press Secretary. He is a strong, loyal, and trusted member of the team that I know will do an outstanding job! We must WIN this election!”
The Daily Caller reported that Gidley will serve on the campaign under the guidance of communications director Tim Murtaugh. Talks about the transition from the White House to the campaign trail reportedly lasted for nearly a month.
Gidley told that media outlet that he was “overwhelmingly humbled and deeply appreciative to President Trump for giving me a front-row seat to witness history.”
“My time at the White House has truly been a blessing beyond measure and getting to speak directly to the American people on behalf of this President has been an incredible honor,” he added, according to the Daily Caller. “President Trump’s record-setting accomplishments have improved the lives of all Americans, and I can’t wait to get over to the campaign and fight for his re-election.”
Warm welcome for Gidley
The Daily Caller noted that Gidley received a positive send-off from President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who praised Gidley’s “two decades of prior campaign experience combined with his deep knowledge of the administration make him an invaluable addition.”
Gidley was also welcomed with open arms by Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale, who told the Daily Caller, “Hogan Gidley has been at the President’s side for three years and now he joins the fight to re-elect him.”
“He is a talented advocate and defender of the President and his policies and is never afraid to go into battle with hostile reporters and television hosts. Hogan is a great addition to the team and makes us even stronger,” Parscale added.
Gidley will undoubtedly be missed in the White House, but at least he will still be part of the Trump team and can use his talents to help ensure the president’s return to the Oval Office for another four years.