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Trump Hires Private Security Chief as Oval Office Director

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By Jason Devaney   |   Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 09:55 PM

President-elect Donald Trump will bring the director of his private security force to the Oval Office.

According to Politico, Keith Schiller will work as deputy assistant to the president and the director of Oval Office operations. Schiller has worked for Trump since 1999, when he was a part-time bodyguard for the real estate mogul. He became Trump's security director in 2004.

Schiller and Trump's private security force were the subject of a separate Politico story in December, which claimed the men were operating in tandem with the Secret Service — a situation that's unheard of, as Secret Service protectees rarely, if ever, employ outside security firms once the agency takes over.

Schiller has been Trump's right-hand man for several years and his White House role will be an extension of that, as he will have control over who is granted permission to see Trump when he's president.

Schiller and four other members of Trump's private security force are the subject of a lawsuit after protesters claimed they assaulted them in a 2015 incident in Manhattan.

Several other White House staffers were named Wednesday, a list that includes former "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault.

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