Mercedes Schlapp joins White House as senior communications adviser

The Hill: Conservative commentator Mercedes Schlapp is joining the White House as President Trump's senior adviser for strategic communications.

The Hill reported last week that Schlapp, a prominent GOP consultant, was expected to join Trump's White House, but it was unclear what role she would take.

The White House announced her appointment on Tuesday. Hope Hicks, a longtime Trump aide who had been serving as interim White House communications director, was also appointed to permanently fill that post.

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