- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 1, 2017

First lady Melania Trump announced the first hiring for her staff Wednesday, selecting a veteran of the George W. Bush White House, Lindsay Reynolds, as her chief of staff.

“It has been an honor to take on the responsibility of the position of First Lady, with its long history as an important representative of the President, our family, and the traditions of our nation around the world,” Mrs. Trump said in a statement. “I am putting together a professional and highly-experienced team which will take time to do properly. I am excited to be organizing and bringing together such a dynamic and forward thinking group of individuals who will work together to make our country better for everyone.”

Ms. Reynolds will be responsible for managing the agenda and the day-to-day operations of the first lady’s office. She said one of her first tasks will be to resume White House tours in the new administration.

“I am working to ensure that the White House Visitors Office is fully staffed and operational and ready to accept tour requests for the public in the coming weeks after a traditional temporary closure during the transition period,” Ms. Reynolds said. “In the meantime, we are using this time to tend to routine maintenance, updates and renovations along the tour route to ensure the guest experience is top notch.”

Mrs. Trump has planned to split her time between Washington and New York, where son Barron is completing the school year.

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