President-elect Donald Trump announced the members of his communications team on Thursday. Republican National Committee chief spokesman Sean Spicer will serve as White House Press Secretary, Hope Hicks will serve as Director of Strategic Communications, Jason Miller will serve as Director of Communications, and Dan Scavino will serve as Director of Social Media. All four worked worked on Trump’s campaign. Hicks and Scavino have been with Trump since the beginning of his campaign, Miller joined in the general election, and Spicer started working with the campaign once Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee.
“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 often appeared on cable news as a Trump surrogate and is known for having working relationships with many in the Washington press. The Trump campaign and the press oftentimes had a combative relationship, but Spicer is seen as someone who will be able to work with the White House press corps. Since the election, Spicer and Miller have hosted a daily conference call for reporters.
Scavino was in charge of social media for the Trump campaign. Scavino was embroiled in controversy for a period of time during the campaign because of a graphic posted to Trump’s Twitter account that used a Star of David graphic in front of money, a message with anti-Semitic overtones. The image was widely criticized as anti-Semitic, although Scavino tried to argue it was a sheriff’s star. “The sheriff’s badge — which is available under Microsoft’s ‘shapes’ — fit with the theme of corrupt Hillary and that is why I selected it.”
Hicks is known for keeping a quiet profile even though she was one of the Trump’s longest-serving aides. She rarely speaks on the stump or on television, although she is active in coordinating interviews and responding to journalists’ emails.