President’s Trump Staff Begins Working in at White House


President Donald Trump’s staff started arriving at the White House less than two hours after their boss took the oath of office.

Raj Shah, a new deputy communications director, showed reporters his teal-blue badge (in contrast to the Obama administration’s royal blue hard passes) and said he was on hand “literally to hit ‘send’ on things.” Indeed, the prepared text of Trump’s inaugural speech and the first White House pool report landed in inboxes from a White House press address labeled “OCIO.”

It’s unclear how many others will make it onto the White House campus on Friday, Shah said. Vans have been carrying staffers over from the transition offices, “a bunch of NSC staff, primarily,” he said, referring to the National Security Council.

Asked whether Trump would make more executive moves during his first hours in office beyond those he signed at the Capitol, Shah said, “Stay tuned for that.”

He added: “Don’t start drinking yet.”

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