Donald Trump’s campaign continues steadily increasing the size its communications team. The campaign announced two new hires on Monday: Bryan Lanza as deputy communications director for surrogates and Steven Cheung as director of rapid response.
To get Trump’s message out effectively, Lanza will work with the campaign surrogates, those who endorse or speak on behalf of the candidate, and Trump supporters, a press release from Trump’s campaign announced on Monday morning.
Lanza most recently was communications director at Citizens United. Previously, he worked as chief of staff for members of the California State Assembly and Senate.
Cheung comes to the Trump campaign from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he was director of communications and public affairs. His work on Trump’s campaign will be monitoring breaking news and "pushing back on false or unbalanced reporting," the press release said.
Cheung has also worked in the political sphere. Most recently, he worked as communications advisor to former Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Prior to that he worked on three campaigns: John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid, Steven Poizner for governor of California, and Sharron Angle for Senate in Nevada.
Lanza and Cheung join the team just two weeks after the campaign brought on a slew of communications staffers. This is the third announcement of communications hires in less than a month, with a total of seven staffers added to the team. The hires come in just before the Republican National Convention kicks off next Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.
The press release added that the campaign will continue to build the communications team as the election gets closer.