Sep 1, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Trump's longtime aide reportedly leaving the White House

Andrew Harnik / AP

Keith Schiller, the director of Oval Office operations and a longtime aide to President Trump, is planning to exit the White House, according to a CNN report. The WH did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

  • You might know him as the man who delivered the letter that contained James Comey's pink slip from Trump.
  • His reasoning is primarily financial. Schiller makes $165,000 at the White House, but he earned $294,000 last year from the Trump Organization and his private security firm. He's also reportedly struggled with restricted access to Trump under the structure imposed by chief of staff John Kelly.
  • Why it matters: If Schiller departs, Trump would lose a decades-long confidant — and one of the few remaining Trump Organization holdovers — at one of the most tumultuous times in his presidency.
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