From Mar-A-Lago Reception Desk To White House Travel Team

Donald Trump likes to surround himself with people he knows and trust. His son-in-law and daughter serve as close aides, his former bodyguard manages the Oval Office operation, and even, as BuzzFeed reported, a Mar-a-Lago reception director arranged his trip to the G-7 summit.

Heather Rinkus, guest reception manager at Trump’s Florida estate, is now part of the presidential advance team preparing for his visit to Taormina, Italy, where leaders of the world’s top 7 industrial nations will gather. Rinkus, who has no previous experience with government work, is equipped, according to the report, with a White House email address and a government-issued phone.

The choice of Rinkus to work on Trump’s team raised eyebrows not only because of her day job at the president’s private Golf resort, but also because of her husband’s history.

Ari Rinkus is a twice-convicted felon and as Buzzfeed reported, he has been know for bragging to investors and business partners about his wife’s access to President Trump.

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This story "From Mar-A-Lago Reception To White House Travel Team" was written by Nathan Guttman.

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