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President-Elect Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he has named Sean Spicer as his first White House press secretary, according to a statement released by the transition team. This comes on the heels of President-Elect Trump naming the rest of his senior communications staff.
Spicer has been the communications director for the Republican National Committee since 2011, and the chief strategist for the RNC since 2015.
TRUMP NAMES SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS STAFF
The President-Elect also named the senior members of his communications staff on Thursday. Jason Miller will serve as Communications Director, while Hope Hicks, who was the press secretary on the campaign will serve as director of strategic communications. Dan Scaviano will continue to serve in his role as director of social media.
“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.”
TRUMP NAMES CONWAY AS SENIOR COUNSELOR
Trump made another appointment on Thursday, as he announced that campaign manager Kellyanne Conway would serve as a counselor to the president. Conway took over the campaign after Corey Lewandowski was removed during the general election, and is credited with having directed the campaign to the election victory.
“Kellyanne Conway has been a trusted adviser and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory,” Trump said in a statement. “She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message. I am pleased that she will be part of my senior team in the West Wing.”
Conway had been asked to serve as the press secretary but turned down the offer. She has been weighing her options ever since the election on whether or not she wanted to join the Trump administration.
“I want to thank the president-elect for this amazing opportunity,” Conway said in a statement. “A Trump presidency will bring real change to Washington and to Americans across this great nation. I am humbled and honored to play a role in helping transform the movement he has led into a real agenda of action and results.”