Ex-Trump national security official joins lobbying firm

Ex-Trump national security official joins lobbying firm
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Former President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE aide Jennifer Arangio is heading to K Street, becoming the highest-ranking female Trump official to do so.

Arangio, a former senior director on the National Security Council, was named a vice president of lobbying shop Federal Advocates.


She worked on multilateral affairs, women's economic empowerment and entrepreneurship as well as strategic communications at the council. Before that, she worked as the director of women's engagement for the 2016 presidential campaign and worked on the transition team.

Arangio can lobby the administration because she never signed the Trump Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees pledge, according to Politico, which first reported the move. The pledge says any appointee in an executive agency will not engage in lobbying activities with respect to that agenda for five years after termination.

Arangio was ousted from the administration in July 2018 after John Bolton was named national security adviser.

“My no-nonsense, fact-based approach and commitment to the President’s objectives enabled me to be effective on the 2016 campaign and in the Administration,” Arangio said in a press release.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump Administration and look forward to bringing that same sense of mission and commitment to the clients I serve. Joining Federal Advocates will also allow me to continue working on many of the issues I spearheaded in the Administration, such as women’s economic empowerment.”

Before Trump, she was senior counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Michael Esposito, president and founder of Federal Advocates, is on the Republican National Committee Chairman’s Advisory Board and directly advises RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielTrump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Texas governor skipping Republican convention RNC chairwoman: Quarantines in Democratic-led states made GOP Florida convention impossible MORE.

He founded the firm in 2006.