James Bacon (political aide)
James Bacon is a college student and political aide who currently serves as the Director of Operations of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. He was appointed by John McEntee. Before serving in the White House, Bacon served as a policy advisor in the United States Department of Transportation and as the Trump Administration's liaison to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Bacon's role in the White House is primarily to vet presidential appointees and oversee employee paperwork. In his role, Bacon directs the office's vetting of PAS positions, as well as the vetting of "thousands of lower-level appointees". Bacon's appointment came as part of a broader purge of White House staff, spearheaded by McEntee, who are suspected of disloyalty to President Donald Trump. According to Politico, Bacon will act as McEntee's "right-hand man" as the PPO continues its purge of the Trump Administration.
Prior to his White House appointment, Bacon interned with the Trump Campaign and served on the post-election transition team.
Bacon's grandmother claims that he worked as an intern for Democratic U.S. Representative Brad Sherman, though this employment was not mentioned on Bacon's White House disclosure report. The same disclosure report indicated that Bacon had previously worked as a paralegal at a Falls Church, Virginia law firm, and as a basketball trainer, though his grandmother has disputed those claims. The law firm whose name was mentioned on Bacon's disclosure report does not exist.
Bacon is a senior at The George Washington University, where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree. Bacon was raised in Los Angeles, California, where he attended Granada Hills Charter High School and played on the school's baseball team.
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- Orecchio-Egresitz, Haven. "Grandmother says James Bacon, college senior and newly anointed White House official, is 'not some dumb kid Trump put in there'". Insider.
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