The people lucky enough to work for President Trump will have access to him, unlike any other president in recent history.
President Trump may be the most accessible president in modern history.
With his “open door” policy in the Oval Office, Trump enjoys being available for his team, unlike Obama who had a slew of “guards” to stop anyone from just waltzing in.
When Omarosa Manigault, the former “Celebrity Apprentice” antihero-turned-White House adviser, needs to talk to President Donald Trump, she simply strolls into the Oval Office.
As assistant to the president and director of communications for the office of public liaison, Manigault enjoys what Trump aides refer to as walk-in privileges — meaning she doesn’t need an appointment or permission to pop her head in and consult with the leader of the free world.
Her level of easy access marks a break from the previous administration, where President Barack Obama and his gatekeeper chiefs of staff kept at bay the number of aides, even senior officials, who simply walked in without an appointment. In contrast, Trump may have set up the most accessible Oval Office in modern history.
Along with Manigault, White House officials say, the list of aides with walk-in privileges includes chief strategist Steve Bannon, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, chief of staff Reince Priebus, son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, and counselor Kellyanne Conway.
White House counsel Don McGahn has walk-in rights, as does senior communications aide Hope Hicks, and Keith Schiller, Trump’s longtime private security aide who followed him to the White House. Trump’s new national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, is also expected to be added to the informal list, according to a White House official.
Press secretary Sean Spicer, often accompanied by Priebus, is another regular visitor to the Oval Office, as are chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and deputy chief of staff for operations Joe Hagin, according to a White House aide.
Even lower-level White House staff members who don’t visit the president’s office regularly said they can get permission to go in from his assistant in circumstances when they need to. As one White House staffer put it, “I’ve never been told no.”
There’s no formal list of who is allowed in — or who is to be kept out. But many of the aides with free access frequently talk about it as a way of signaling influence with their boss.
A White House official declined to comment on the record but said: “The president likes to be accessible, including with his staff, and will continue that.”
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