With less than a month until he takes the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump is putting the final touches on the staff that will serve him when he shows up for work in the Oval Office on the morning of January 21, 2017 – the day after the inauguration.

With the announcement that Sean Spicer will become White House Press Secretary, Trump solidified the team that worked with him during the 18-month long campaign and the transition period since the November 8 election by naming Hope Hicks as director of strategic communications, Jason Miller as director of communications, and Dan Scavino as director of social media.

“Sean, Hope, Jason and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition. I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again,” Trump said in a statement.

Spicer is a veteran of the Bush 43 administration serving as Assistant United States Trade Representative (USTR) for Media and Public Affairs 2006 to 2008, charged with communicating President Bush’s stand on trade issues to media outlets, including the international press.

Spicer has also worked with incoming Trump Chief of Staff Reince Preibus at the Republican National Committee, serving as communications director and chief strategist.

In keeping with his choices of men and women who are unlikely to be content to serve as rubber stamp, Trump chose Spicer, who did not shy away from criticizing him when the candidate’s forthright style was seen as damaging to Republican party.

After Trump made controversial comments about Mexican immigrants, Spicer countered with a pointed, retort.

“I mean, as far as painting Mexican Americans with that kind of a brush, I think that’s probably something that is not helpful to the cause.”

A commissioned officer in the Navy Reserves currently holding the rank of commander, Spicer took particular exception to Trump’s comment that he did not consider Sen. John McCain a “hero” because he was a prisoner of war.

“Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.”

Spicer’s diplomatic tact in those instances may have served to convince Trump that he will be able to handle what is sure to be a contentious relationship between the president and a hostile press corps.

Responding via the president-elect’s favored communication medium, Spicer tweeted thanks to the incoming president for the “amazing honor.”

Spicer comes to the job amid speculation that Trump will revamp traditional protocol in the press briefing room, reflecting his preference for speaking directly to the American people rather than allowing his message to be filtered through the media.

 
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