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 KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil Manafort’s plea deal — the clear winners and losers Five takeaways from Manafort’s plea deal 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 RomneyPoll: House GOP candidate leads in California swing district Super PACs spend big in high-stakes midterms Kavanaugh and the 'boys will be boys' sentiment is a poor excuse for bad behavior 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 TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE’s chief economic adviser.

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