Husband of former Trump family personal aide joins EPA: report

Husband of former Trump family personal aide joins EPA: report
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The husband of a former household staffer to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOvernight Defense: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown on track to become longest ever | Military begins withdrawing equipment from Syria | Bolton taps new deputy Bolton names replacement for deputy who clashed with first lady The Hill's Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days MORE was recently appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New York office, according to a new report.

Steve Kopec, who formerly ran a home improvement contracting business called “Steve’s Tools in Motion,” began work in December as a special assistant in the EPA office, Politico reported Friday.

Kopec’s wife, Dagmara Kopec, previously worked for the Trumps when they lived in New York, according to the report.

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Kopec, who reportedly commutes “multiple hours” from his New Jersey home to the office, does not appear to have a background in government or science.

An EPA memo obtained Politico describes Kopec as “an experienced manager with skills in team building, management and organization.”

“Steve comes to us from private industry, where he fashioned his career around customer service and organizational efficiencies,” the memo reads.

EPA officials told Politico that Kopec does not hold a senior position, nor does he write policy or serve in a scientific role. Rather, he “performs administrative and support services” for a regional administrator, according to one official.

An EPA spokeswoman described Kopic as a “hard-working, dedicated employee” in a statement to Politico, adding, “we appreciate his service, in supporting environmental protection efforts."

Neither of the Kopecs responded to Politico’s requests for comment.

Ethics experts have raised concerns about Trump appointing people with personal connections to positions within his administration.

Trump previously appointed his daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie Trump'Vice' director shrugs off report that Ivanka and Jared walked out of screening Former PepsiCo CEO being considered for World Bank chief post: report White House announces reduced delegation to travel to Davos amid shutdown MORE and son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMcConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government More than Mueller: Senators must ask Barr about criminal justice policy Christie says Trump is surrounded by 'revolving door' of 'grifters' and 'felons' MORE to unpaid advisory positions in the White House.