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Trump Hires Former Ultimate Fighting Staffer as Rapid Response Director

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By    |   Monday, 11 Jul 2016 02:51 PM

Donald Trump's campaign added two new hires to its communications team on Monday in the run-up to the general election matchup against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

According to Politico, Steven Cheung, who was the director of communications and public affairs at Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been tabbed as Trump's rapid response director, whose job will involve "pushing back on false or unbalanced reporting."

Cheung also worked on the Sen. John McCain-Sarah Palin presidential campaign in 2008.

Former employers at the UFC are known for banning reporters, like Trump did in June, when he barred Washington Post reporters from campaign events.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the UFC last month lifted its indefinite ban on a reporter who was escorted out of one of their events for breaking two news stories about the organization.

Bryan Lanza, who was the communications director at the conservative nonprofit Citizens United will be deputy communications director for surrogates. "Mr. Lanza's focus will be on organizing and mobilizing Trump supporters in an effective way that allows Mr. Trump's America First message to resonate with voters," reports Politico.

"These additions to the campaign will be critical to spreading Mr. Trump's message and defeating Hillary Clinton in November," the Trump campaign said in an announcement.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has hired nearly a dozen new staffers since he dismissed controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski last month in an apparent attempt to make his campaign seem more professional.

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