Posted February 11, 2019 12:37:08Donald Trump’s political operation has hired a new political director for the president’s re-election campaign.
Brett Long, a longtime Republican operative who helped Trump win the 2016 presidential election, will become the first outside campaign manager to join the president.
Long has been the chief of staff to President Donald Trump since the campaign ended in August 2020.
Trump’s campaign has been plagued by infighting since then, and the president himself has struggled to find the support he needed to survive.
Long’s departure follows a spate of other high-profile departures, including Trump’s communications director, Kellyanne Conway, who was ousted over her handling of the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Trump, meanwhile, has been struggling to fill key roles in his administration, including the White House communications director and senior adviser to the president, Stephen Miller.
Long spent eight years at Trump’s campaign, working in the West Wing as Trump’s director of communications.
He served in that capacity until March, when he became the chief political strategist for Trump’s reelection campaign, which began as a joint venture with the Republican National Committee.
Long told the Associated Press that he’s “not surprised” Trump has hired him.
“I think the president understands that the campaign is a campaign, and you can’t be the campaign if you don’t have the team,” Long said.
“You have to have the right people.
It’s not a matter of ‘oh, I got the best campaign manager in the world.’
It’s more like, ‘We’re going to build a team that can build a real, solid organization.'”