With clock ticking, Trump campaign beefs up communications team

The campaign has hired Jason Miller and Michael Abboud in communications roles and digital strategist Vincent Harris.

With clock ticking, Trump campaign beefs up communications team

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is building out its communications team with less than three weeks left before the Republican National Convention.

The presumptive Republican nominee has brought on three key staffers in the past week who will work on communications: Vincent Harris, former digital strategy chief for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in an unspecified role, Jason Miller as senior communications adviser, and Michael Abboud as communications coordinator.

Trump’s communications team has been lean, with its key staff made up of communications director Hope Hicks, Daniel Scavino as director of social media, and Katrina Pierson as national campaign spokesperson.

The Trump campaign teased the addition of several communications staffers last week when it announced other hires. News about the individual appointments has trickled out since then.

Politico first reported Harris’ hire, citing anonymous sources, and the operative appeared to have confirmed it by tweeting a picture of Trump giving a thumbs-up.

Early reports on Harris’ appointment were scant on details about his role, but his prior positions suggest he will work on the campaign’s digital strategy. Trump has also hired Harris’ digital firm, Harris Media, for its services. The shop has worked for presidential candidates such as Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich.  

Last week, Trump also brought on Brad Parscale as digital director. He is cofounder of Giles-Parscale, a digital media and branding company based in San Antonio.

Miller, partner at consulting firm Jamestown Associates, was previously part of Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, where he held the same role of senior communications adviser. Part of his position will be building out the communications division, according to the announcement.

Abboud’s role as communications adviser will encompass working with the media and managing rapid response and daily messaging.

Trump’s campaign is dwarfed in size by that of Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Trump has "about 30 paid staff on the ground across the country," compared with hundreds for Clinton.

Most polls have shown Clinton with a sizable lead over Trump nationally, as well as in swing states. However, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning found Clinton leading Trump by only two points nationally.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

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