Kiwi Chris Liddell gets a top spot with Trump – but what does it mean?
Chris Liddell has long been in the President’s inner circle and now the Kiwi businessman is taking a significant step up the chain of command…
Kelly taps Kushner ally Chris Liddell as deputy chief for policy
White House chief of staff John Kelly has tapped Chris Liddell, a senior White House aide and former executive at Microsoft and General Motors, as his deputy.
Liddell, who currently serves as the White House’s director of strategic initiatives, will be named deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, filling out Kelly’s bare-bones team.
“Chris is widely respected across the administration and is highly qualified to oversee and coordinate our policy process,” Kelly said. “We look forward to having him in this new role.”
As of Monday, Kelly was down to just one deputy: Joe Hagin, who focuses on the day-to-day operations of the West Wing. Rick Dearborn, the deputy chief of staff for legislative and intergovernmental affairs, departed the White House on Friday.
Kelly’s office has been short-staffed since Kirstjen Nielsen, who was Kelly’s deputy at the Department of Homeland Security, returned to DHS as secretary in December.
Up until now, the White House had not named a deputy chief of staff for policy, though several aides, including Nielsen and former staff secretary Rob Porter, had informally played that role…
Are we seeing a Kushner agenda at work here? Sure looks that way. The “Wizard behind the curtain” in Trump’s retinue is quietly at work putting his powerful allies in high positions. But what comes next?