White House aide Mercedes Schlapp leaving to join Trump campaign

White House aide Mercedes Schlapp leaving to join Trump campaign
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White House communications aide Mercedes Schlapp said Monday she's leaving the administration to work on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE's reelection campaign.

"Thrilled to be joining the President’s re-election campaign! @realDonaldTrump is the best fighter for the American people we have ever had and he will be re-elected!" Schlapp, the director of strategic communications for the White House, announced on Twitter.


Campaign manager Brad ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE said Schlapp, who is Cuban-American, will assist with Latino outreach.

"We are good friends and it's great to have another die-hard @realDonaldTrump supporter!" Parscale tweeted

Trump later expressed his appreciation for Schlapp in a tweet.

Schlapp joined the White House in September 2017 as a senior adviser for strategic communications.

Her departure comes amid a change in leadership in the White House communications office.

Stephanie Grisham took over this week as press secretary, replacing Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersMcEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation Sanders mocks NY Times urging DNC to investigate Biden allegations: 'I thought it was an Onion headline' Donald Trump: The Boomer TV president MORE Sanders.

Grisham, who previously served as first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate GOP, House Democrats begin battle over trillion bill Melania Trump announces plans to renovate White House Rose Garden Trump tweets photo of himself wearing a mask MORE's chief spokeswoman, will also fill the role of White House communications director.

It remains to be seen how Grisham will reshape the White House press operation. Sanders's tenure saw the demise of the daily press briefing and increasing tensions between the White House and journalists who cover it. 

Grisham made headlines over the weekend when she was roughed up while jostling with North Korean officials to ensure access for U.S. journalists during a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Trump pushed to restore full National Guard funding | Watchdog faults Pompeo on civilian risk of Saudi arms sales Trump's missed opportunities: The top three blunders of the past year Overnight Defense: Most VA workers find racism 'moderate to serious problem' at facilities l Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war MORE.

Updated at 6:21 p.m.