Melania Trump kicks off new year with new hires – us uk celebrity news
Melania Trump is staffing up in anticipation of her second year as first lady of the United States. On Thursday, the first lady announced she has hired a director of operations, a policy director and a communications coordinator.
“I am very excited to add these quality professionals to my already stellar team,” said Trump in a statement.
The hires bring the number of full-time staffers on Trump’s official payroll to 12, still a relatively lean office for a first lady one year into her tenure. Michelle Obama and Laura Bush both had approximately 25 staffers by the time their husbands left office.
In October, Trump’s communications director Stephanie Grisham discussed the first lady’s bare bones employment strategy, telling Fox News, “as with all things that she does, she is being very deliberate in her hiring, focusing on quality over quantity.”
Justin Caporale takes the place of Tim Tripepi, as the new director of operations, who left Trump’s office in November after serving in the role since shortly after inauguration. Caporale has experience in operations and advance work; he’s joining the first lady’s office from the West Wing side of the White House, where he was lead advance representative in the office of Presidential Advance.
His main focus will be the planning and execution of events and travel for Trump. The first lady will likely bulk up her 2018 schedule compared to 2017, increasing the number of official appearances and foreign and domestic trips she took last year.
Caporale will also manage “day-to-day logistical operations for the East Wing,” according to a statement.
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