Ex-Bush staffers advising Trump team on education

Ex-Bush staffers advising Trump team on education
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Members of former President George W. Bush's staff are assisting President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE's transition team on education policy, Education Week reported.

Trump's education team is also being advised by former staffers of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who bitterly fought Trump in the GOP presidential primaries.

Some of the former Bush staffers could also end up in the Education Department, which will have to make close to 150 new hires, the report said.


Some of the names mentioned in the report include Lauren Maddox, the former assistant secretary for communications and outreach at the Education Department; Josh Venable, who worked with Jeb Bush at his education nonprofit; and Terrell Halaska, a former assistant secretary for legislative and congressional affairs in the Education Department.

The Bush family notably declined to endorse Trump in the election, after Trump frequently used Jeb Bush as a foil during the primaries. 

Trump was fond of mocking Bush's struggles in the polls and branded him as "low energy." He also criticized George W. Bush for being president during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, attacking the idea that Bush kept the U.S. safe during his presidency.