Trump to nominate Paul Manafort to lead National Economic Council
Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who was forced to resign after being indicted on fraud charges, has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as the new National Economic Director, according to The Associated Press.
The Senate confirmed Manafort’s nomination Monday to the post, clearing the way for him to take over as the NED in a senior role that could include shaping policy on issues including trade, infrastructure and taxes.
Manafort, who led the campaign that Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, had been tapped by Trump to be the NDC’s chief economic adviser during the campaign and transition period.
He is the highest-profile person who has served in the Trump administration to be tapped to lead the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
Manafort has worked on several presidential campaigns, including the George W. Bush administration, and served as a political adviser for former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
He previously served as the Republican National Committee’s chief operating officer and the head of its policy planning division.
In addition to Manafort, Senate Republicans confirmed Jeff Sessions to lead Justice Department’s civil rights division and Jon Merrick to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The NDC is the White house’s economic policy planning arm.
The White House has not confirmed that Trump is considering appointing Manafort to serve in a leadership role.
Trump has been in office less than a month.
His decision on whether to nominate Manafort was first reported by Axios.
Manafort’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee will be held on Thursday, the AP reported.