Cliff Sims, a former Trump aide who wrote a bestselling memoir of his time in the White House which resulted in a legal dispute with the president, has returned to the Trump administration in a senior role.

Driving the news: Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has brought Sims in to serve as his senior adviser, per two sources with direct knowledge of the decision.

  • Sims' portfolio at ODNI is expected to include Intelligence Community communications matters and interfacing with the White House, one of these sources said.

Behind the scenes: Over the past year Sims has not only made peace with Trump but been brought back into the fold as an outside adviser on various initiatives.

  • Sims helped Ratcliffe with communications during his Senate confirmation battle. Most recently he played a leading role in messaging and speechwriting for the Republican National Convention.
  • Sims is a close ally of the president's eldest son Donald Trump Jr., the president's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Trump's close aide Hope Hicks.

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In recent days, Jared Kushner has brought back 2016 Republican National Committee chief of staff Katie Walsh Shields to offer strategic advice in the RNC's collaboration with the Trump campaign, according to two senior administration officials and a senior campaign official briefed on the move.

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