A spokesperson for President Trumpâ€™s 2020 campaign says offers of info from foreign entities will be handled on a â€œcase by case basis.
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 dayÂ of his presidency. HerÂ departure leaves only a handful of staffÂ who can claim they there were there since the start of his administration.
- Stephen Miller:Â 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
Â 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, heÂ played a key role in the purchase ofÂ purchase of Trump National Golf Club, Hudson Valley, back when it was namedÂ 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 WestchesterÂ course.Â Scavino has denied any such knowledge of labor law violations.
â€œIf such violations occurred and I had been aware, I would have immediately addressed it, and stopped them,â€ 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, aÂ 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 toÂ 61 million followers.
Hope Hicks, former White House Communications Director for President Donald Trump, told the New York Times Magazine in 2018 that ScavinoÂ is “the conductor of the Trump Train.â€Â Several of the president’s personalÂ tweets are written by Scavino himself, but he’s also said Trump will dictate tweets to him.
â€œYou could make the case that without Dan fulfilling his core mission of conveying the excitement, people wouldnâ€™t have realized that they were part of a movement,” said Jason Miller, a chief spokesman for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.Â “It was absolutely critical in encouraging people to turn out.â€
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, Iâ€™ll go through Dan. You know, Iâ€™ll talk it over. And he can really be a very good sounding board,” Trump told Politico. “A lot of common sense. Heâ€™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 photosÂ 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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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 slightÂ decline. According to an Axios article citing data from social monitoring platform Crowdtangle,Â the interaction rate on the tweets have dipped from .32% to .16%Â 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 violenceÂ 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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