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John DeStefano is the assistant to President Donald Trump and the director of presidential personnel.[1]

Prior to his current position, DeStefano worked for Ohio Republican Congressman John Boehner. From 2007 to 2011, he was Boehner's political director. From 2011 to 2013, when Boehner was Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, DeStefano served as Boehner's senior advisor. DeStefano also worked for the Republican National Committee building "a 2016 voter file and political database."[2]

Early life and education[edit]

DeStefano grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and attended Saint Louis University. His uncle helped him to get an internship with Oklahoma Representative J. C. Watts during his junior year. Following his graduation, he worked for the House Republican Conference as a liaison to outside conservative groups. In 2006, he ran the reelection campaign of Ohio Representative Deborah Pryce.[3]

Data Trust[edit]

In July 2013, DeStefano was named president of Data Trust, [4] a private company that is the primary handler of voter files for the Republican National Committee. [5]

Trump administration[edit]

Conservative criticism[edit]

As a Never-Trumper, DeStefano's appointment as the Trump administration's director of presidential personnel continues to draw strong criticism from many conservatives. "What? Trump appoints John DeStefano, a longtime aide to former House Speaker John Boehner, as Director of Presidential Personnel for the entire administration!" conservative radio host Mark Levin posted on January 4, 2017.[6][7] Conservative political activist Richard Viguerie's organization ConservativeHQ said DeStefano's appointment was designed "to funnel Capitol Hill staffers loyal to the congressional Republican establishment into key jobs in the executive branch." The organization also pointed out that DeStefano has zero experience in human resource functions, which are at the core of his new role.[8]

Dismissal of Sally Yates[edit]

On the evening of January 30, 2017, John DeStefano wrote the letter to Acting Attorney General Sally Yates informing her that "the president [had] removed [her] from the office of Deputy Attorney General of the United States." Yates' dismissal was a result of her decision to inform the United States Department of Justice that she did not see defending Trump's executive order "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" as consistent with her responsibilities.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trump names slew of White House staffers". 
  2. ^ "Trump Plucks Political Pros for White House Staff - RealClearPolitics". 
  3. ^ Rein, Lisa (April 19, 2017). "This Beltway insider is in charge of hiring for the Trump administration. It’s taking a while.". Washington Post. 
  4. ^ Drucker, David M. (July 29, 2013). "Data Trust hires ex-Boehner aide Johnny DeStefano to run GOP technology effort". Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ Kaye, Kate (April 15, 2016). "RNC's Voter Data Provider Teams Up With Google, Facebook and Other Ad Firms". Advertising Age. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ Mark Levin Twitter post, January 4, 2017, retrieved February 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Facebook post by Mark Levin, retrieved February 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Establishment GOP seizes most important job in Trump White House," ConservativeHQ, January 16, 2017, retrieved February 7, 2017.
  9. ^ Apuzzo, Michael D. Shear, Mark Landler, Matt; Lichtblau, Eric (30 January 2017). "Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Who Defied Him" – via NYTimes.com. 


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