WASHINGTON, December 22, 2016 – President-elect Donald Trump announced his communications team on Thursday, continuing to fill the posts in his new administration. Republican Party communications chief Sean Spicer will be the White House press secretary. Hope Hicks will serve as director of strategic communications, Jason Miller as director of communications, and Dan Scavino as director of social media.
Both Hicks and Miller served as spokespersons for Trump during his presidential campaign. Spicer was recently picked to serve on Trump’s transition team. Scavino served as a social-media adviser to Trump during his presidential campaign.
“Sean, Hope, Jason and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition,” Trump said in a statement. ”I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again.”
Spicer spent six years at the RNC as communications director and another 15 years in communications for Republicans in Washington. Spicer’s appointment has calmed some for bringing some balance to Trump’s harsh criticism of the media. Spicer has forged close relations with many in the media and is expected to provide open communication into the White House. He beat out several candidates who were under consideration for the press secretary role, including Laura Ingraham and Monica Crowley.
Hope Hicks, worked for Trump’s real estate company before joining the Trump campaign full-time. She is the youngest member of the team, just 28 years old. Dan Scavino, was originally Trump’s golf caddie in 1990 and later became general manager of Trump National Golf Club. He joined the Trump campaign in February.
Newly appointed Trump chief-of-staff Reince Priebus has proposed that Trump will change up some of the traditions that have been a part of the White House press pool, including assigned seating in the James Brady briefing room.
Trump publicly announced his communications team moments after appointing his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway to become a counselor to the president.