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President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign team just picked up another big name.
As noted by Fox News, the Trump campaign has named Hogan Gidley its new national press secretary, who will take over the position previously held by Kayleigh McEnany.
McEnany now serves as the White House press secretary.
Gidley will be leaving the White House and assume her old role as the national press secretary for the Trump campaign.
Gidley has served as the White House’s principal deputy press secretary since January 2019 and worked in the White House communications office starting in the fall of 2017.
Gidley has been involved with Republican politics for years and was former Sen. Rick Santorum’s communications director for his 2012 presidential run.
“I am overwhelmingly humbled and deeply appreciative to President Trump for giving me a front-row seat to witness history,” Gidley said in a statement. “My time at the White House has truly been a blessing beyond measure and getting to speak directly to the American people on behalf of this President has been an incredible honor. President Trump’s record-setting accomplishments have improved the lives of all Americans, and I can’t wait to get over to the campaign and fight for his re-election.”
Long-serving White House communications official Hogan Gidley is moving over to Donald Trump’s campaign https://t.co/pmFUFftRnA
— POLITICO (@politico) June 23, 2020
Brad Parscale, who manages Trump’s campaign, called Gidley “a talented advocate and defender of the President and his policies” who “is never afraid to go into battle with hostile reporters and television hosts.” Gidley has deep knowledge of Trump’s accomplishments and a keen grasp of the Trump administration’s policies, Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s communications director, added.
Trump praised Gidley in a statement on Twitter.
“He is a strong, loyal, and trusted member of the team that I know will do an outstanding job! We must WIN this election!” Trump said.
Hogan Gidley will be leaving the White House on July 1 and heading over to my campaign to be the National Press Secretary. He is a strong, loyal and trusted member of the team that I know will do an outstanding job! We must WIN this election! Follow him at @JHoganGidley.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, said that Gidley’s “two decades of prior campaign experience combined with his deep knowledge of the administration make him an invaluable addition.”
Trump Communications Manager Tim Murtaugh touted Gidley’s abilities as a “professional communicator” with “an impressive career and great experience in political campaigns.”
“He also has in-depth knowledge of President Trump’s accomplishments and a keen grasp of Administration policies,” Murtaugh said. “Hogan has long been a valued member of Team Trump and we look forward to his putting his talents to work to re-elect President Trump.”
The campaign also announced that Erin Perrine, who has been serving as principal deputy communications director, will move into the role of director of press, which is the post that Gidley is leaving.