by Lauren Wynn
According to a report by CNN’s Dana Bash, longtime Trump aide and former bodyguard Keith Schiller is planning to leave the White House. Citing conversations with three separate reporters, Bash told viewers that Schiller, a former NYPD detective perhaps best known for his role in delivering the letter firing FBI Director, James Comey, has expressed his intention to leave the White House as early as next month.
While White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders denies the report, several sources claim that Schiller, who is the Director of Oval Office Operations, has cited financial reasons for his upcoming departure. With over two decades of service along side Mr. Trump, Schiller left his job with the Trump organization and his private consulting firm, KS Global Group, where he earned nearly $300,000 per year to join the Trump campaign and later the White House staff. As a civil servant, Schiller’s salary is only $165,000 per year.
If indeed, Schiller leaves his post, there will be just two long-time Trump associates serving the in the White House: Hope Hicks – interim Director of Communications, and Dan Scavino, Social Media Director. This could further isolate an already irritated chief executive who, according to reports from inside the White House, is ‘chafing’ at the restrictions put on his once boisterous and free-wheeling Oval Office by Chief of Staff John Kelly.
During the campaign, Schiller acted as bodyguard to then-candidate Trump and was often seen removing protesters – sometimes rather indelicately – during Trump’s many rallies.
Schiller declined to comment on the report of his departure.