Melania Trump hires Cincinnati native as chief of staff

Posted at 1:41 AM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 08:42:54-05

CINCINNATI -- A Cincinnati native has a new role inside the White House.

Lindsay Reynolds, the daughter-in-law of businessman Mercer Reynolds, will serve as first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff. Her responsibilities will include managing the agenda and day-to-day operations of the first lady’s office.

Reynolds’ father-in-law was the financial chair for both of former President George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns, and Reynolds herself was associate director of the White House Visitors Office under Bush. 

According to friend and Hamilton County Republican Party member Maggie Wuellner, Melania Trump couldn’t have made a better choice.

"I think the first lady is lucky to have Lindsay on her team," Wuellner said. "She has a great instinct and I think she will just bring an unbelievable professionalism and planning to the White House."

Reynolds, a former third-grade teacher, formed an event planning business with friends in Ohio after her time in the Bush White House. 

She said in a statement staffing the White House Visitors Office and opening the executive mansion for public tours is a priority.

“The first lady is thoughtfully selecting her team, establishing the office of the first lady and supporting her husband President Trump,” Reynolds said.

Apart from being the first lady’s chief of staff, Reynolds is also an assistant to President Donald Trump.

An aide to Melania Trump on Wednesday said the first lady will move to the White House starting at the beginning of the summer.

"Mrs. Trump will be moving to D.C. and settling into the White House at the end of the school year, splitting her time between New York and D.C. in the meantime," Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, senior adviser to the first lady, told ABC News. "Mrs. Trump is honored to serve this country and is taking the role and responsibilities of the first lady very seriously."

The confirmation comes after a rumor sparked by tabloids early Wednesday morning that the first lady and her 10-year-old son Barron Trump were not considering a move to Washington, D.C. from New York City.

The Washington Post contributed to this report.