Trump names new acting director of legislative affairs

Trump names new acting director of legislative affairs
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE on Friday appointed a new acting head of the Office of Legislative Affairs to replace departing director Eric Ueland.

Amy Swonger, currently the deputy director of legislative affairs with a focus on the Senate, will take over as head of the office. Swonger has been in the White House since the beginning of the administration and was previously considered for the job when Shahira Knight vacated it in 2019.

Cassidy Hutchinson, who has held various roles in the White House, will now serve as coordinator for legislative affairs for chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Miami pauses reopenings as COVID-19 infections rise, schools nationally plot return Overnight Health Care: Trump downplaying of COVID-19 sparks new criticism of response Trump downplaying sparks new criticism of COVID-19 response MORE.

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Swonger will likely play a key role in any future negotiations on stimulus legislation to boost the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, though White House officials and Senate Republicans have yet to commit to another package.

The changes are the latest staff turnover since Meadows replaced Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says | Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribe WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says  Mulvaney: Trump faces difficulty if 2020 election becomes 'referendum' on him MORE as chief of staff in March. Ueland's departure was expected in recent weeks, and his last day was Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter. He is expected to be nominated for a role in the State Department. 

Ueland took the legislative affairs role in June 2019 after spending more than two decades working on Capitol Hill. He was a key figure in coordinating the president's impeachment defense during the Senate trial in January and a frequent presence in legislative negotiations.