|White House Director of Social Media|
January 20, 2017
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Born||1976 (age 41–42)|
|Education||State University of New York, Plattsburgh (BA)|
Daniel Scavino Jr. (born 1976) is the White House Director of Social Media and Assistant to the President. His appointment was announced on December 22, 2016. Previously he was the general manager of Trump National Golf Club Westchester and the director of social media for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016.
Scavino is the direct descendant of Italian ancestors who migrated to the United States in the early 20th century. Victor Scavino arrived from Canelli, Italy in 1904, then brother Hector in 1905, brother Gildo in 1912, sister Esther in 1913, & sister Clotilde and their father Giuseppe in 1916, and they lived together in New York.
In 1990, Scavino was selected caddie for Trump's golf party at Briar Hall Country Club (later renamed Trump National Golf Club Westchester). He graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1998 with a B.A. in communications. Scavino worked a few years at Coca-Cola Enterprises and Galderma Laboratories before being promoted to general manager of Trump National Golf Club Westchester.
In a May 2009 interview, Scavino heaped high praise on President Bill Clinton, calling him "one of the most unbelievable people I’ve ever met, as far as charisma."
Scavino started with Trump from the very beginning, in June 2015. In February 2016, Trump appointed Scavino as director of social media for his presidential campaign. Scavino traveled for 18 months with the President, managing Trump's Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram social media platforms. Over the July 4, 2016 weekend, controversy arose when Trump's Twitter account posted an image selected by Scavino of Hillary Clinton with a text in the shape of a Star of David calling her the "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever"; said image had originally appeared on an anti-Semitic, white supremacist message board. Trump's team defended its use saying that the star was a "sheriff's badge", before eventually deleting it and posting a new picture with a circle replacing the star.
On December 22, 2016, Scavino was announced to be White House Director of Social Media under President Donald Trump.
In April 2017, ethics attorney Richard Painter accused Scavino of violating the Hatch Act (which bars executive branch employees from engaging in electoral activities) after Scavino, from his personal Twitter account, had called for defeating Congressman Justin Amash. The Office of Special Counsel then informed Scavino that his tweet had indeed violated the Hatch Act and warned that future violations "could result in further action."
Da and Jennifer Scavino are married since 2000; they have two children. Mrs. Scavino filed for divorce in January 2018.
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