The White House has tapped a new vice president to replace David Plouffe as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, signaling a significant shift in how the president’s top aides work and how the Trump administration operates.
The White House confirmed Friday that Vice President Mike Pence is the new vice chairman of the Republican National Committee, which will take its seat in the party’s presidential nominating convention in July.
The RNC’s executive committee approved the appointment of Pence, the son of Indiana Gov.
Mike Pence, as the committee’s vice chairman, the White Houses spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement.
Trump announced the pick earlier in the day, after Pence met with the party and Pence’s wife, Karen.
The Republican National Convention is expected to be a bruising affair for the president and his team.
Pence has served in his father’s Cabinet, and the vice president has served as a member of the House of Representatives since 2006.
He was the most senior member of Pence’s Cabinet to endorse Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign, and Pence has frequently clashed with Trump on policy issues, including immigration.
In addition to overseeing the RNC, Pence also serves as a senior adviser to the president.
The new vice chair of the RNC is expected not only to be influential in the committee but also will be a powerful voice in the administration’s foreign policy, a key role for the new leader of the party.
Pentagon officials have also said that the new chair will play a key part in shaping policy toward Russia, which is considered a key state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. and the EU.
Trump, who is considering a number of Republican presidential candidates, has long been concerned about the influence of Russia on U.K. politics.
He has said that it could be a major factor in his decision on whether to nominate Trump as his vice president.
Pleasants position will be seen as an effort to ensure that Trump and his advisers do not alienate Russia or the other major U.N. Security Council members who have been critical of Trump’s approach to the crisis in Syria.
The U.B.C. Security Committee also has repeatedly expressed reservations about Trump’s handling of the Syria crisis.