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Since taking office in 2017, President Donald Trump has seen a staff turnover rate higher than the previous five administrations, according to the Brookings Institute.

Adding to the list of those who have come and gone will soon be White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Trump recently announced she would be leaving her position at the end of the June to return to her home state of Arkansas.

Huckabee Sanders worked as part of Trump’s administration since the first day of his presidency. Her departure leaves only a handful of staff who can claim they there were there since the start of his administration.

They include:

  • Stephen Miller: White House Senior Advisor
  • Kellyanne Conway: Counselor to the President
  • Stephanie Grisham: Press Secretary, Communications Director for the First Lady
  • Dan Scavino Jr.: White House Director of Social Media, Assistant to the President

 A member of the final four, Scavino was part of Trump’s campaign team on June 16, 2015, the day president announced his plans to pursue the office.

Golf course origins

Before this, he played a key role in the purchase of purchase of Trump National Golf Club, Hudson Valley, back when it was named Branton Woods Golf Course. Scavino, at the time, was an executive vice president running the Trump golf operation out of Trump National Golf Course, Westchester, after meeting the now-president while a teenager working as his caddie. He convinced his boss to take a ride with him north to see Branton Woods.

“I told him before we left, ‘If you don’t like this golf course at all, you can just get rid of me. Terminate me. So be it,” Scavino told the Journal in June 2010.

Trump didn’t fire him. And, he hasn’t since, though Scavino had left the Trump team briefly before rejoining to take part in the Presidential run.

The New York Attorney General’s office is currently investigating allegations that undocumented immigrants were bilked pay and had poor working conditions at the Westchester course. Scavino has denied any such knowledge of labor law violations.

“If such violations occurred and I had been aware, I would have immediately addressed it, and stopped them,” Scavino said in a statement to the Washington Post.

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After serving on Trump’s transition team, Scavino was named director of White House social media in December 2016, a title he’s carried into the White House.

“Quite surreal, I will be joining the president in the White House and around the world,” Scavino told the Journal via text in December 2016.

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At the time of his hiring in 2015, Trump had just over six million followers on his personal Twitter account. Today, Scavino and Trump both use the account to communicate directly to 61 million followers.

Hope Hicks, former White House Communications Director for President Donald Trump, told the New York Times Magazine in 2018 that Scavino is “the conductor of the Trump Train.” Several of the president’s personal tweets are written by Scavino himself, but he’s also said Trump will dictate tweets to him.

“You could make the case that without Dan fulfilling his core mission of conveying the excitement, people wouldn’t have realized that they were part of a movement,” said Jason Miller, a chief spokesman for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. “It was absolutely critical in encouraging people to turn out.”

Scavino is said to talk with the president more than almost any other aide and Trump himself has said he’ll often take Scavino’s words of advice on issues, too.

“Oftentimes, I’ll go through Dan. You know, I’ll talk it over. And he can really be a very good sounding board,” Trump told Politico. “A lot of common sense. He’s got a good grasp.”

When does Trump tweet and when does Scavino tweet for him?

Scavino is often at meetings where the president is at, but operates behind the scenes, documenting Trump’s moves in videos and photos and connecting directly with the president’s base, firing off several of his tweets.

Wired Magazine says text-only tweets sent between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. are the most likely to be written by the president, due to his schedule and cable TV news viewing habits. If there’s a thread of tweets, the magazine surmises Scavino is more likely to have written them.

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President Donald J. Trump awards Sergeant John A. Chapman the posthumous Medal of Honor on August 22, 2018 in the East Room at the White House for his actions on March 4, 2002, on Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan. Chapman’s aircraft was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, ejecting one teammate rom the aircraft, and crippling the helicopter after it crashed in the valley below. Chapman and the remaining joint special operations team members voluntarily returned to the snow-capped mountain, into known enemy stronghold, in an attempt to rescue their stranded teammate. Sergeant Chapman’s spouse, Valerie Nessel, and family joined the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service and sacrifice on Aug 22, 2018. Camille Fine, USA TODAY

  • President Donald J. Trump waves following his remarks at the 2019 White House Easter Egg Roll on April 22, 2019. 1 of 30
  • President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pause at the crosses representing the 23 people killed by the Sunday March 3, 2019 tornado in Beauregard, Ala., during his visit to the area on Friday March 8, 2019. 2 of 30
  • President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address on Feb 5, 2019, from the House chamber of the United States Capitol in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are behind Trump.3 of 30
  • President Donald J. Trump arrives at Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans. Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. 4 of 30
  • President Donald Trump arrives in McAllen, Tx to speak to offices and tour the U.S southern border on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. The trip comes two days after President Trump delivered a nation wide address setting there is a crises along the border and calling for a wall or barrier. 5 of 30
  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit with members of the military at a dining hall at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. In a surprise trip to Iraq, President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria where they have been helping battle Islamic State militants. 6 of 30
  • President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush as the 41st President lies in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Dec. 3, 2018. 7 of 30
  • President Donald Trump stands in front of headstones at Suresnes American Cemetery near Paris on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.8 of 30
  • Donald Trump speaks at the Make America Great Again rally at Hertz Arena in Estero on Wednesday Oct. 31, 2018. 9 of 30
  • President Donald Trump walks with Melania, Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, alongside Tree of Life Synagogue rabbi Jeffrey Myers, near the memorial site to the 11 victims in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.  10 of 30
  • President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and FEMA director Brock Long, visited the city of Lynn Haven, Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. A large parking area behind the devastated police department and City Hall buildings became a temporary location for local volunteers and people to compile and distribute supplies, food and assistance.  11 of 30
  • President Donald Trump takes questions from a gathering of reporters next to Air Force One at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. President Trump visited the Cincinnati area for a MAGA Rally at the Warren County Fair Grounds in Lebanon, Ohio, Friday night. 12 of 30
  • President Donald Trump salutes as he exits Air Force One after landing at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.13 of 30
  • President Donald Trump acknowledges retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, right, during ceremonial swearing-in held at the East Room of the White House for newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, left, on Oct. 8, 2018.14 of 30
  • Christina Ceithamer wears Trump socks outside a Donald Trump rally in support of U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn for the U.S. Senate at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. 15 of 30
  • President Donald J. Trump awards Sergeant John A. Chapman the posthumous Medal of Honor on August 22, 2018 in the East Room at the White House for his actions on March 4, 2002, on Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan. Chapman's aircraft was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, ejecting one teammate rom the aircraft, and crippling the helicopter after it crashed in the valley below. Chapman and the remaining joint special operations team members voluntarily returned to the snow-capped mountain, into known enemy stronghold, in an attempt to rescue their stranded teammate. Sergeant Chapmans spouse, Valerie Nessel, and family joined the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service and sacrifice on Aug 22, 2018.  16 of 30
  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin offers a ball of the 2018 football World Cup to US President Donald Trump during a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki, with Donald Trump promising an extraordinary relationship and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world.17 of 30
  • President Donald Trump embraces Pauline Conner the widow of Kentucky soldier First Lt. Garlin M. Conner posthumously honored with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, for his actions in World War II. 18 of 30
  • President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Singapore.19 of 30
  • President Donald Trump greets the rally at Nashville Municipal Auditorium at campaign rally on Tuesday night in Nashville on May 29, 2018.20 of 30
  • President Donald Trump speaks with Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt K. Slabinski, left, after awarding him the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Slabinski oversaw a daring 2002 assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop and carried a seriously wounded teammate down a sheer cliff face while leading an arduous trek across one kilometer of precipitous terrain, through waist-deep snow while continuing to call fire on the enemy.21 of 30
  • President Donald Trump greets House Speaker Paul Ryan before delivering the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 from the House chamber of the United States Capitol in Washington. 22 of 30
  • President Donald Trump holds an executive order he just signed on rural broadband flanked by Rep Diane Black, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Bob Corker, Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Marsha Blackburn at Gaylord Opryland Resort  Convention Center Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. 23 of 30
  • President Donald Trump talked about his tax reform plan at the Pennsylvania Air National Guard 193rd Special Operations Wing at the Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown, PA on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. 24 of 30
  • President Donald J. Trump talks to a women at the NRG Center in Houston where he meet with evacuees from Hurricane Harvey on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.25 of 30
  • First lady Melania Trump looks on as President Donald Trump introduces National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster to Pope Francis, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Vatican.26 of 30
  • President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during his meeting with health insurance company executives,  Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.27 of 30
  • President Donald Trump stands with Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, before the Obama's departs on Marine One after the 2017 Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 20, 2017.28 of 30
  • President Donald Trump speaks during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 20, 2017. 29 of 30
  • Donald Trump takes the oath of office, while standing with Melania Trump and Barron Trump, during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office Jan 20, 2017.30 of 30

As far as spelling mistakes, White House officials have said off the record that Scavino has spell-checked some of Trump’s tweets before sending them.

So it’s possible famous tweets about “covfefe” and recently, “Prince of Whales,” may have been typed out by the president himself. But the reality is, we just don’t know.

What we do know is engagement on Trump’s posts have experienced a slight decline. According to an Axios article citing data from social monitoring platform Crowdtangle, the interaction rate on the tweets have dipped from .32% to .16% between June 2017 and May 2019.

His tweet featuring a pro wrestling video showing him taking down a CNN logo was his top tweet, but his calls for unity following violence have also had a high rate of interaction.

Follow Nate Chute on Twitter (he writes 100 percent of his own tweets) at @nchute.

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