The Trump campaign announced Tuesday that Hogan Gidley will leave his post at the White House and join the campaign as national press secretary, starting next month.
Gidley’s new role was previously played by Kayleigh McEnany, who left the campaign earlier this year to join the administration as White House press secretary.
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Gidley has served as the White House’s chief deputy press secretary since January 2019 and has been in the White House Communications office since October 2017.
A White House official told Fox News that the measure has been in process for about a month.
“Hogan Gidley has been at the side of the president for three years and is now joining the fight to re-elect him,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement Tuesday. “He is a talented advocate and defender of the president and his policies and is never afraid to go into battle with hostile reporters and television presenters. Hogan is a great addition to the team and makes us even stronger. “
Gidley said Tuesday that he is “overwhelmingly humble and deeply grateful to President Trump for giving me a front row seat to witness the story.”
“My time in the White House has truly been a blessing beyond measure and speaking directly to the American people on behalf of this President has been an incredible honor,” said Gidley. “President Trump’s record accomplishments have improved the lives of all Americans, and I can’t wait to go on the campaign trail and fight for his reelection.”
Gidley was competing last year to replace former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Gidley was close to Sanders, having previously worked on her father Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaigns.
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Trump communications manager Tim Murtaugh touted Gidley’s skills as a “professional communicator” with “an impressive career and vast experience in political campaigns.”
“He also has a deep understanding of President Trump’s achievements and a deep understanding of the Administration’s policies,” said Murtaugh. “Hogan has been a valued member of the Trump team and we hope he will put his talents to use to re-elect President Trump.”
Meanwhile, the campaign announced that Erin Perrine, who has served as deputy chief communications officer, will become director of press communications.
McEnany joined the White House in April, replacing Stephanie Grisham as press secretary. Grisham returned to the First Lady’s office as chief of staff and spokesperson.
Fox News’ Matt Leach and Kristin Fisher contributed to this report.