Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions
President Trump selected an array of allies for government positions as he prepares to leave the White House.
The White House announced in a press release Tuesday that Hope Hicks, a longtime aide and one of his most trusted confidantes, would be a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship board. Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general and another close ally, will also sit on the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell will be a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and Stephanie Grisham, a former White House communications director and first lady Melania Trump’s current chief of staff, will sit on the board of directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.
Russell Vought, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump administration, will be a member of the board of visitors to the United States Naval Academy.
The appointments were included in a list of over 40 other selections for posts at a litany of government agencies.
The news marked the latest time this month Trump announced he’s tapping allies for government jobs. Top Trump allies Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie were installed to a Pentagon advisory board after the administration fired the previous members, former aide Kellyanne Conway was tapped to the board of visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), will be a member of the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Lynn Friess, the spouse of major Republican donor Foster Friess; Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union; and Pamella DeVos, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s sister-in-law, have all also received government jobs.