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November 1, 2019

President Trump's personal pastor, Florida televangelist Paula White, has officially joined the White House in the Office of Public Liaison, The New York Times reports, citing a White House official. Her job will be advising the Trump's administration's Faith and Opportunity Initiative, created by executive order last year to give religious groups more of a say in federal programs programs focused on religious liberty and fighting poverty.

Hiring White to work in an office charged with outreach to various parts of Trump's base may be linked to Trump's re-election campaign, which is banking on strong turnout from white evangelical Christians, the Times notes. But "White cannot be easily categorized as either a political asset or a liability. She has a large following among Christians who believe in the 'prosperity gospel,' which teaches that God blesses people he deems to be of strong faith with wealth, good health, and other gifts. But many other Christians consider these beliefs to be heresy."

Still, White is in good standing with Trump, who she has known since 2002 and frequently visited in the White House even before getting a job there. She also delivered an invocation at Trump's inauguration and said a prayer before his official campaign kickoff rally in June. And her prayer at the June rally gives you a sense of why Trump values her ministration. "Let every demonic network that has aligned itself against the purpose, against the calling of President Trump, let it be broken, let it be torn down in the name of Jesus," White said. "I declare that President Trump will overcome every strategy from hell and every strategy from the enemy." Peter Weber

September 18, 2019

President Trump officially has his new national security adviser.

A week after announcing the exit of John Bolton, Trump said Wednesday his new national security adviser is Robert O'Brien, who currently serves as U.S. hostage envoy. Trump in July sent O'Brien to Sweden amid rapper A$AP Rocky's assault trial.

Trump last week said he asked for Bolton's the resignation because he "disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions," although Bolton disputed Trump's characterization of his exit and said he offered his resignation. O'Brien, who now replaces Bolton, will be Trump's fourth national security adviser in fewer than three years.

In his tweet announcing the news, Trump said he has "worked long & hard with Robert," although The New York Times' Maggie Haberman reports Trump "didn't really know him" but "liked his portfolio." The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Trump "liked the look of" O'Brien, which the Journal wrote is a "key condition for many Trump appointments."

Trump himself, however, has downplayed the importance of the national security adviser job.

"It's a lot of fun to work with Donald Trump," Trump said last week. "And it's very easy, actually, to work with me. You know why it’s easy? Because I make all the decisions. They don't have to work." Brendan Morrow

November 2, 2018

The White House has reportedly found U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's successor.

President Trump has offered the job of U.N. ambassador to State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, ABC News reports. Asked about the report on Thursday, Trump said a final decision has not been made but that Nauert is under "very serious consideration." CNN, meanwhile, reports that Nauert has not been formally offered the job but is the leading choice and is likely to be offered it this week.

Nauert has a background in journalism and was a presenter on Fox & Friends up until 2017, when she was selected as the State Department's spokesperson, becoming one of a number of Fox stars to join the Trump administration. She had no prior foreign policy experience. In March 2018, she became the fourth highest-ranking person at the State Department when she was appointed under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs; she served in that position until October and remains the department's spokesperson.

Haley announced in October that she would be leaving her post at the end of the year. Trump has considered a number of possible replacements, including Dina Powell, the White House's former deputy national security adviser for strategy, but she reportedly withdrew from consideration. CNN reports Trump told his aides he wants a woman for the job. Brendan Morrow

March 14, 2018

President Trump has chosen economist and media analyst Larry Kudlow to direct the National Economic Council, Politico reported Wednesday. Kudlow will replace Gary Cohn, the Goldman Sachs executive who resigned from the post amid disagreements over Trump's steel and aluminum import tariffs.

Trump called Kudlow on Tuesday night to offer the job, and Kudlow accepted, CNN reports. Kudlow was long considered a frontrunner to step in as the chief economic adviser, after his role informally helping to shape Trump's messaging on taxes and other economic issues during the 2016 presidential election, reports CNBC.

Kudlow is a CNBC senior contributor and on-air personality, and worked for former President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget, helping to craft economic policy. His former CNBC cohost, Jim Cramer, reported that Kudlow was a strong contender for the job earlier this week.

CNBC reports that Trump spoke of welcoming Kudlow's perspective Tuesday. "We don't agree on everything, but in this case I think that's good," Trump said. "I want to have different opinions. We agree on most." Summer Meza

January 4, 2017

Should the California Legislature need help resisting "any attempts to roll back" the progress the state has made, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will be there to serve as as an adviser and to offer outside counsel.

Legislative leaders announced Holder's new role on Wednesday. The progress the state wants to protect specifically revolves around health care, immigration issues, civil rights, and climate change, and "with the upcoming change in administrations, we expect that there will be extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead," California Senate leader Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a statement.

Democrats control the California governor's office and both houses in the state's Legislature, and when necessary, Holder, now a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling, will work with the state attorney general. His firm will also look at any changes to federal law and how they will affect California. Holder has been critical of President-elect Donald Trump, and in October called him "dangerous" for saying he would "order the DOJ/FBI to act on his command." Catherine Garcia

September 1, 2016

David N. Bossie, a conservative operative and, until this week, president of Citizens United, has been named Donald Trump's deputy campaign manager.

Trump announced the hire to The Washington Post, calling Bossie a "friend of mine for many years. Solid. Smart. Loves politics, knows how to win." Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Bossie will be assisting her with day-to-day operations and strategic planning, and he will also work on putting together attacks against Hillary Clinton. For the duration of the campaign, Bossie is taking a leave of absence from Citizens United, the conservative advocacy group best known for the Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling that ended many restrictions on political spending for corporations and unions. He has also left an anti-Clinton super PAC he's been running since June.

In the 1990s, Bossie was a Republican congressional staffer who spent his time focusing on the Clintons' finances and dealings, later stepping down amid criticism of his practices, the Post reports. He started giving Trump campaign advice before he entered the race, and introduced him to his first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and current campaign chief executive, Stephen Bannon. Catherine Garcia

March 21, 2016

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump turned his news conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday into a job fair.

An unidentified woman who said she was a survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks asked the billionaire business mogul for a job, and The Hill reports he responded by bringing her up to his lectern.

"If we can make a good deal in the salary, she's going to probably have a job," Trump said.

In a scene that sounds a little bit too much like The Apprentice-inspired performance art, the woman reportedly smiled, teared up, hugged him, and kissed him on the cheek. Julie Kliegman

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