Loyalty has its rewards. Two prominent figures from President Trump’s first year in office are rejoining his administration. Sean Spicer, his former press secretary, and Reince Priebus, his first White House chief of staff, will take new roles as members of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. The White House announced their unpaid honorary positions on Tuesday.
The new gigs are unlikely to get them much ink in the papers, but will give them the ability to help select winners of coveted fellowships in the administration. Spicer and Priebus both lost their White House jobs in the summer of 2017 after Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci to be his communications director.
Spicer resigned in protest and Priebus was fired after enduring a vulgar diatribe in which the “the Mooch” accused him of leaking information to reporters. The former chief of staff was dismissed via presidential tweet in late July 2017 after joining the president aboard Air Force One. Priebus currently works as president of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, a national law firm that claims more than 260 attorneys. He also joined CBS News as a political analyst last month.
Spicer remains a Republican Party loyalist and competed last year on “Dancing with the Stars,” losing despite Trump’s enthusiastic backing. Trump rarely casts out former aides permanently, and has dispensed honorary roles to others. Kirstjen Nielsen, his former secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, was relieved of command in April only to be brought back in October as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.