President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced Tuesday that Stephen Miller, a former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions staffer and immigration hawk, will serve as his senior advisor for policy.
Miller joined Trump’s campaign in January and oversaw his policy operation, and served as Trump’s chief speechwriter. In his White House role he will also manage speechwriting and be directing White House policy staff.
“Stephen played a central and wide-ranging role in our primary and general election campaign. He is deeply committed to the America First agenda, and understands the policies and actions necessary to put that agenda into effect,” President-elect Trump said in a statement.
Miller said in a statement: “I am deeply honored for the opportunity to serve the President-elect, and to focus efforts to develop critical policies that serve the national interest. A Trump administration will focus unremittingly on the safety, security and economic well being of working Americans.”
Miller came to Trump’s campaign from Sen. Sessions’ office where he worked as communications director. Politico reported in June that Miller was instrumental in Sessions’ effort to defeat immigration reform in 2013. Miller also previously worked for former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Sen. Sessions said in a statement, “Stephen Miller is the best person President-elect Donald Trump could have chosen to be his senior advisor for policy.”
“In the seven years he served with me, I was constantly amazed at his ability to quickly to absorb and master information. His talents will be so important in the days to come. I am very proud of Stephen for proving himself so well throughout this campaign and very happy that President-elect Trump will continue to have his loyal and proven friend at his side,” Sessions added.
When Trump’s campaign announced in January that Miller would be joining as a policy advisor, Ann Coulter said, “I’M IN HEAVEN!” The conservative author told TheDC Tuesday afternoon, “We’re one step closer to my dream of having Stephen Miller run the country.”