Vice President Mike Pence tapped Katie Waldman as his new Press Secretary according to NBC news.
Vice President Mike Pence has hired Katie Waldman to be his new press secretary, NBC News has learned.
Waldman, who is currently communications director for Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., previously served as the public defender of the Trump administration’s policy of family separations as deputy press secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.
She begins her new position on October 1.
“She’s got extensive experience and she’ll be a great fit in our office,” said Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff. “She’s shown she has the mettle to handle intense environments.”
Waldman, 27, will replace Alyssa Farah who left earlier this month to be a spokeswoman at the Department of Defense.
Waldman is an aggressive and sometimes polarizing communicator but has proven to be a loyal advocate for the Trump administration and its policies.
During her nearly two-year stint at DHS, she was given the agency’s immigration portfolio and empowered to be the lead spokesperson. She consistently defended the administration’s policy of “zero tolerance” that led to the separation of thousands of children from their parents after crossing the southern border.
That experience has proven that she is battle-tested several allies of Waldman told NBC News.
“She impressed a lot of people in the administration with her work in DHS and on the immigration portfolio in the height of media interest,” said a former DHS official who worked closely with her and is not authorized to speak publicly in a new position.
Waldman will be reporting directly to Short. She’ll be the on-the-record spokesperson for the vice president during a critical time as the president and vice president head into an election year.
It is about time I get to write a story about the Trump Administration hiring someone who actually supports the President. Too often we see the Trump Administration hiring people who can’t the President and what he is fighting for.
Katie is also supposedly dating White House Senior Policy Stephen Miller who is one of the best people currently working in the White House.
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