Kelly names Kushner ally deputy chief of staff

Kelly names Kushner ally deputy chief of staff
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White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has named Chris Liddell his deputy chief of staff for policy, the White House announced Monday.

Liddell previously served as the White House director of strategic initiatives, where he worked closely with White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerGeorge Will charges that Trump colluded with Putin DNC claims Secret Service blocked attempt to deliver lawsuit against Kushner On The Money: US files complaints at WTO | House leaders get deal to boost biz investment | Mnuchin says US will consider Iran sanctions waivers | FCC deals blow to Sinclair-Tribune merger MORE.

"Chris is widely respected across the administration and is highly qualified to oversee and coordinate our policy process. We look forward to having him in this new role," Kelly said in a statement.

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The move was first reported by Politico.

Prior to joining the Trump administration during the transition, Liddell worked as an executive at Microsoft and General Motors. He also worked for Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Romney: Trump's remarks at Putin summit 'disgraceful and detrimental to democratic principles' Utah's largest paper compares child separation to war crimes in scathing editorial MORE’s presidential campaign in 2012.

Liddell had reportedly been considered a top choice to replace Gary Cohn as the head of the National Economic Council and President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE’s chief economic adviser.

That job ultimately went to Larry Kudlow. Trump hired the CNBC contributor last week.