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Hogan Gidley. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley will leave his post to become the national press secretary for President Trump's re-election campaign, per sources with direct knowledge.

The big picture: Gidley, who has been serving as principal deputy press secretary, will join the campaign’s communications staff which is headed by Tim Murtaugh. He will fill the role previously held by Kayleigh McEnany, who is now White House press secretary.

The backdrop: A nearly two-decade veteran of conservative politics, Gidley joined the White House in October 2017. Before that, he was a contributor to CBS News, and served in top communications roles for Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

  • In a White House in which the president likes to see his staffers on TV, Gidley grabbed Trump’s attention early on with frequent appearances on "Fox & Friends." He helped himself internally by building a strong relationship with the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
  • The New York Times' Mike Leibovich profiled Gidley back in 2018, working under then-press secretary Sarah Sanders, painting a picture of a character with a penchant for Muscle Milk and natty dress.
  • But the profile also captured how Gidley‘s adeptness at survival in the administration thanks in part to his willingness to adamantly promote and defend Trump on TV.

What they're saying: "Hogan Gidley will be leaving the White House on July 1 and heading over to my campaign to be the National Press Secretary," Trump tweeted Tuesday. "He is a strong, loyal and trusted member of the team that I know will do an outstanding job! We must WIN this election!"

  • Jared Kushner, a Trump adviser and the president's son-in-law, said that Gidley's "two decades of prior campaign experience combined with his deep knowledge of the administration make him an invaluable addition" to the campaign.

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Sep 20, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump campaign goes all in on Pennsylvania

Trump poster in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

The president's campaign is placing more importance on Pennsylvania amid growing concern that his chances of clinching Wisconsin are slipping, Trump campaign sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes, twice Wisconsin's number, actually has been trending higher in recent public and internal polling, a welcome development for the campaign.

Republicans threaten to shut down government over vaccine mandates

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Capitol in November 2020. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are planning to force a government shutdown Friday to deny funding needed to enforce the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on the private sector, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Congress has until the end of the week to pass a stopgap measure to extend funding into 2022, though objection from a small group of Republicans could shut down the government.

Electric car prices could go up before they come down

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.