Marc Short

Marc Short to become Pence's chief of staff

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Marc Short is set to become Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, according to sources with direct knowledge and first reported by the New York Times.

Why it matters: Short is the only senior official who has left the Trump administration and later returned. He previously served as President Trump's head of legislative affairs before resigning in July to work in the private sector.

UVA alums defend Marc Short as he faces hiring backlash

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Investor and major donor Tom Saunders, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and other prominent alumni of the University of Virginia have signed a letter in support of hiring former Trump aide Marc Short as a senior fellow at the Miller Center.

The big picture: The letter, obtained by Axios, defends him against the backlash over his hiring. Short was a relatively non-controversial figure, but because of Trump's policies and persona — particularly his saying there were "fine people" among the white supremacists who rallied in UVA's hometown of Charlottesville — thousands of students and professors have signed a petition lambasting the school for hiring Short. Two professors have resigned over the decision.