Former DeVos chief of staff joins anti-Trump group

Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump creates federal council on global tree planting initiative | Green group pushes for answers on delayed climate report | Carbon dioxide emissions may not surpass 2019 levels until 2027: analysis Trump creates federal government council on global tree planting initiative Private schools prove reopening learning institutions safely can be done MORE's former chief of staff has joined a group of anti-Trump Republicans as an adviser.

Josh Venable, who served as the top aide to DeVos in 2017 and 2018, has joined the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform (REPAIR), the group announced Thursday. 

Venable previously served in the George W. Bush administration and as deputy finance director for the Republican National Committee from 2011-2012.


The Department of Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

REPAIR consists of several former Trump White House officials, ex-lawmakers and GOP officials from previous administrations. The group aims to advance "a more hopeful vision of America’s future."

Among its members are former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciSunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 John Kelly called Trump 'the most flawed person' he's ever met: report C-SPAN's Steve Scully suspended after admitting to lying about Twitter hack MORE and Olivia Troye, a former homeland security aide to Vice President Pence.

Troye, who left the White House in July and also served as an adviser to the White House coronavirus task force, said in an ad released Thursday from Republican Voters Against Trump that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE has failed to keep Americans safe.

"If the president had taken this virus seriously, or if he had actually made an effort to tell how serious it was, he would have slowed the virus spread, he would have saved lives," she said.

The White House blasted Troye's criticisms, saying she failed to raise any concerns while working in the White House.

"It reads to me like one more disgruntled employee that has decided to play politics during an election year," Pence said of her comments.