Marc Short

A Trump pastime: Sending autographed briefing cards to members of Congress

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World leaders aren't the only politicians who've been startled by President Trump's pen-pal diplomacy. Members of Congress, including at least 1 Democratic senator, have received unusual Sharpie-scrawled notes and even autographs from Trump.

What we're hearing: Early in Trump's presidency, Marc Short's Office of Legislative Affairs would produce pocket-sized briefing cards on senators or congressmen that Trump was going to be meeting at the White House or on Air Force One.

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.