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Trump to name Giuliani’s son to role on Holocaust Memorial Council

President Trump plans to appoint Andrew Giuliani, a White House staffer and son of the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, to serve as a member of the United States Memorial Holocaust Council, the White House announced Wednesday. 

The White House also named White House officials Nicholas F. Luna and Mitch Webber to serve on the council. 

Members of the council serve five-year terms and act as the board of trustees of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday’s appointments are the latest in a series the outgoing president has administered to close allies and former administration members in the final weeks of his administration. 

Last week, the White House announced in a press release that Trump would be appointing former top aide Kellyanne Conway to the board of visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

Lynn Friess, the spouse of major Republican donor Foster Friess, was also selected to be a member of the board of trustees at the Kennedy Center, and Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, was appointed to the Library of Congress trust fund board.

The New York Times noted Wednesday that the younger Giuliani has had a close personal relationship with Trump for years and, in 2017, Trump brought him on to work in the White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs with a $95,000 salary as a special assistant to the president, according to White House documents.

The appointment to the Holocaust council comes after scrutiny the elder Giuliani has faced over comments made in the past, including in 2019 when Rudy Giuliani, who was raised Roman Catholic, claimed that he was “more of a Jew” than George Soros, a liberal billionaire and Holocaust survivor.

Trump’s surge in appointments to top posts in recent weeks comes even as the president has continued to refuse to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, whose win was certified by the Electoral College on Monday. 

Trump has repeatedly advanced unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in a “rigged” election. 

Trump’s legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, has also unsuccessfully sought to challenge the election results in several pivotal states, citing voting irregularities and fraud. These cases have been thrown out by courts due to a lack of evidence.

Tags 2020 election Andrew Giuliani appointments Donald Trump Elaine Chao George Soros Holocaust Holocaust Memorial Museum Joe Biden Kellyanne Conway Rudy Giuliani The New York Times voter fraud claims White House

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