One of President Trump’s most trusted senior aides is leaving the White House for another job.
Reuters reports that Jordan Karem, the deputy assistant to the president and director of Oval Office operations, will be leaving by the end of the year.
Karem, 37, is known as Trump’s “body guy.” He is the personal aide who is the first White House official to see Trump in the morning and the last to see him at night. He is tasked with keeping Trump on schedule and briefing him on upcoming meetings and events.
Reuters reports that Nicholas Luna, the White House trip director, is the likely successor to Karem.
“Jordan Karem is great guy who I have gotten to know well over the last several years,” Trump said in a statement in response to queries about Karem. “He was with me from the beginning and I appreciate his loyalty and his commitment to my administration. He did an excellent job working with me and my team.”
Karem has said that he wants to return to the energy sector, where he worked prior to working for Trump. He also married earlier this year and wants to start a family.
After starting as a campaign aide in July 2015, Karem finished the campaign as the press director for Trump’s vice presidental running mate, Mike Pence. He then began his tenure in the Trump White House as the overall director of presidential advance. x