Oval Office Operations

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Immediately outside the Oval Office, Oval Office Operations staff manage the President's personal schedule, private engagements and immediate access to meet with the President of the United States. Though it varies from administration to administration – and within each term – Oval Office Operations typically consists of:

  • Special Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations: Vacant[1][2]
  • Personal Secretary to the President: Vacant
  • Deputy Assistant to the President for Operations and Personal Aide to the President: Nicholas F. Luna[1]
  • Special Assistant to the President and Oval Office Operations Coordinator: Molly A. Michael[1]

The last Director of Oval Office Operations during the Trump Administration was Jordan Karem, who was appointed on June 6, 2018. On November 26, 2018, Karem announced he would be leaving this position.[3] Trump's first Director of Oval Office Operations was Keith Schiller, who departed on September 20, 2017, reportedly after White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told him he needed permission to speak to the president and to provide written reports of those conversations.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ a b c "President Donald J. Trump Announces Appointments for the Executive Office of the President". White House. 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ Karni, Annie; Haberman, Maggie (August 29, 2019). "Trump's Personal Assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, Steps Down". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 30, 2019.
  3. ^ thehill.com 26 November 2018: Trump 'body man' planning to leave White House
  4. ^ Bowden, John (September 20, 2017). "Longtime Trump aide Keith Schiller leaves White House position". The Hill.
  5. ^ Merica, Dan (September 20, 2017). "Trump remains Trump but evidence of Kelly's reign is emerging". CNN. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  6. ^ “I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling”, Vanity Fair, October 11, 2017

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