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Donald Trump re-election team beefs up press staff

March 6, 2019

The Trump campaign beefed up its communications arm Wednesday by recruiting pros from high-profile ranks of government including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s most recent press secretary as the president’s re-election team eyes 2020.

Erin Perrine, who joined Mr. McCarthy after serving in top roles in the Senate, will handle daily operations with the press, the campaign said.

The campaign also tapped Matt Wolking from Sen. Bill Cassidy’s office to lead “aggressive rapid response team, refuting attacks and exposing the fake news media.”

Guiding research efforts will be Zach Parkinson, who served as deputy director of government communications at the White House.

“These are three top professionals who will help guide our efforts to re-elect the President by crafting and disseminating our message, fighting off attacks and fake news, and concentrating on our opposition,” the campaign’s director of communications, Tim Murtaugh, said. “Coming directly from the White House, House leadership, and the Senate, this team will help us build a strong, agile, and effective communications shop ready for battle every day.”

The recruitment of Ms. Perrine is especially notable. Mr. McCarthy has developed a close relationship with Mr. Trump and been one of his key allies on Capitol Hill.

Prior to joining the House Republican leader, she worked for Sen. John Thune of South Dakota when he led the Senate Republican Conference.

In terms of campaigns, she worked on Sen. Ron Johnson’s bid in Wisconsin in 2010 and former Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s congressional race in 2012.

She is from Rochester, New York, and graduated from the University of Connecticut.