One of President Donald Trump’s longest-serving and most loyal staffers just got a promotion.
It was announced on Tuesday that Dan Scavino had been elevated to the role of Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications in the White House, one of several recent appointments and promotions in the West Wing, Breitbart reported.
New White House communications team
The personnel shuffle is said to have been done at the direction of President Trump’s new chief of staff Mark Meadows, who has brought in a newly revamped communications team to the White House ahead of the upcoming election season.
Per a news release from the White House, Scavino, who previously served as the director of social media and as an assistant to the president, will now be the deputy chief of staff for communications while retaining the title of assistant to the president.
Scavino will be teamed up with new White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and new Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah, both of whose appointments were also noted in the announcement.
“Dan has been one of the President’s most trusted and important aides from the very beginning and will surely continue to excel in his newly elevated role,” Andy Surabian, a Republican strategist who briefly worked in Trump’s White House in 2017, told Breitbart. “The White House and the American people are lucky to have him working on their behalf!”
Scavino has been around since the beginning
Breitbart noted that Scavino is considered to be one of President Trump’s “originals” who has been a staffer by his side since the very start of Trump’s presidential campaign in 2015.
Actually, Scavino has been serving as a loyal aide to Trump even longer than that, having started working for the man who would become president as a golf caddy when he was just 16-years-old.
In his prior role as director of social media, Scavino worked nearly every day with the president on his social media strategy, helping him bypass the filter of the media with messages directly intended for Trump’s tens of millions of social media followers and the American people more broadly. The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman notes that Scavino is reportedly the only staffer trusted with access to Trump’s Twitter account.
Scavino also served as a bridge between President Trump and his devoted followers, keeping tabs on their reactions to his postings and forwarding along what most concerned them. In the words of former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, Scavino was jokingly referred to as the “conductor of the Trump train.”
It will be interesting to see if there are any big changes in the frequency or tone of White House communications now that a new team is in place.
According to Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk, Scavino is a “stellar” choice for the role. “Scavino speaks the movement’s language. It is my belief with him stepping into this position it will be far more difficult for those who would like to ‘handle’ the president, and how he crafts his messages to the country, to hold any sway over what is said,” Kirk wrote for Breitbart.