White House Brings Back Spicer and Priebus in Unpaid Posts

Former aides are named to honorary posts on presidential commission
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2020 4:53 PM CST
White House Brings Back Spicer and Priebus in Unpaid Posts
Sean Spicer, left, and Reince Priebus at the White House in February 2017.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Two top White House aides who didn't survive President Trump's first year in office are returning, in an honorary way. Sean Spicer, Trump's first press secretary, and Reince Priebus, his first chief of staff, have been named to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. In the unpaid positions, they'll interview applicants and help pick the recipients of administration fellowships, the New York Post reports. Spicer quit when Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, and Priebus was fired by tweet while aboard Air Force One with the president. Trump has brought back other aides after pushing them out, often in honorary posts. Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary for Homeland Security until she was fired last April, is now on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Hope Hicks, on the other hand, is returning to the White House and the payroll as a presidential counselor.

Priebus joined the Navy Reserve, per Salon, with the new ensign being sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence. Priebus' day job is president of a law firm, and he's a political analyst for CBS. Spicer, who attended the Navy ceremony, has worked to carve a place and income in pop culture since leaving the White House. He competed on Dancing With the Stars, has a deal for a cable news show and is selling video valentines for charity. (When they worked together, Trump would refer to Priebus as "a little rat.")

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