Senior Trump administration official to leave post next week

The chief liaison between President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE’s White House and federal government agencies will leave his post next week after more than two years on the job, depriving Trump of one of his last remaining senior staff members from the start of his presidency.

William McGinley, who has served as White House Cabinet secretary since Trump’s inauguration, has told friends he will return to the private sector, though a source close to McGinley says he has not had in-depth conversations with potential employers.

McGinley, a longtime Republican election law expert who served as the top lawyer at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, joined Trump's campaign in the summer of 2016 as the then-candidate prepared for what might have been a contested convention. McGinley helped quash challenges to party rules that would have hurt Trump's bid to win the Republican nomination.

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He largely avoided the feuds and fights that have consumed so many other administration officials, which allowed him to survive in a White House marked by high levels of staff turnover.

Out of the top dozen White House staff positions tracked by the Brookings Institution, McGinley is the last to leave his post.

The Trump nominees he worked with praised McGinley in statements provided to The Hill.

"Since day one, Bill McGinley has led a dedicated team that has built a reputation for getting results,” Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerrySenior Trump administration official to leave post next week Overnight Energy: Trump doesn't mention climate change in speech touting environmental policies | Green groups fight EPA's new FOIA rule | Trump emissions rollback hit with legal challenge Trump touts environmental policies, but says nothing of climate change MORE said. Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP DOJ, Commerce slam House Dems contempt vote as 'political stunt' White House blasts 'shameful and cynical' Barr, Ross contempt vote MORE said McGinley “displayed his incredible perseverance.”

“Bill is a class act,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist Senior Trump administration official to leave post next week Harris, Ocasio-Cortez pitch bill to increase housing assistance for individuals with criminal record MORE called him “a strong oak.”

McGinley managed the paper flow between agencies and the White House and coordinated messages for Cabinet secretaries on major administration priorities including the Republican tax cut and the Federal Commission on School Safety.

He headed a monthly meeting for deputy secretaries, and occasional Cabinet meetings that Trump has come to enjoy.

“If you had a problem with a Cabinet secretary, you’d go to Bill,” said one Republican close to the White House.

The White House also turned to McGinley at times when Cabinet secretaries became enveloped in ethics controversies.

He reportedly met last year with Carson, then-Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Trump officials gut DC staff for public lands agency to move West | Democrats slam EPA over scientific boards | Deepwater Horizon most litigated environmental issue of decade Democrats, scientists slam Trump administration actions on scientific boards Overnight Energy: Scientists flee USDA as research agencies move to Kansas City area | Watchdog finds EPA skirted rules to put industry reps on boards | New rule to limit ability to appeal pollution permits MORE, then-Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkePuerto Rican police fire tear gas at crowds protesting governor Overnight Energy: Trump officials gut DC staff for public lands agency to move West | Democrats slam EPA over scientific boards | Deepwater Horizon most litigated environmental issue of decade Trump officials gut DC staff as public lands agency preps to move out West MORE and then-Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinPress: Acosta, latest to walk the plank Senior Trump administration official to leave post next week Trump sent policy pitch from Mar-a-Lago member to VA secretary: report MORE to review proper ethics practices. All but Carson were eventually forced to resign.

McGinley was also tapped to hand down the order to government agencies that administration officials should boycott this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, a decision made by Trump.