Trump Political Aides Shift Over To Re-Election Campaign

Bill Stepien, , left, former campaign manager for Governor Chris Christie and his attorney Kevin Marino, leave the State House during a lunch break after listening to the testimony of Kevin O'Dowd, Governor Christie's chief of staff, before the New Jersey Select Commission on Investigation looking into the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge, Trenton, N.J., Monday, June 9, 2014. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Amy Newman)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — White House political director Bill Stepien and Justin Clark, the director of the office of public liaison, are leaving the administration to work on President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. Both are veterans of Trump’s 2016 operation.

The White House staff moves, announced Friday, come as Trump’s political focus is shifting toward 2020 and in anticipation of a more partisan environment in Washington once Democrats take control of the House in January.

Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said in a statement that Stepien and Clark will work on “building out the political infrastructure that will support victory for President Trump and the GOP in 2020.”

Stepien oversaw Trump’s midterm campaign push, which included a series of rallies intended to help limit GOP losses. Republicans kept control of the Senate after last month’s election, but lost their House majority, setting up a challenging two years for Trump under a divided Congress.

Clark joined the Trump campaign during the 2016 primaries, serving as deputy political director. Stepien, a former top aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, signed on during the general election as national field director.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that Justin Clark is director of the White House office of public liaison and is not deputy to the White House political director.

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