After raising a coterie of close friends and allies to prominent positions on boards and commissions in recent weeks, President Trump on Wednesday announced his intention to appoint Andrew H. Giuliani, an assistant to the White House and his personal attorney’s son, Rudolph W. Giuliani, be a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Two other White House officials – Nicholas F. Luna and Mitch Webber – have also been named members, according to the statement released by the White House. Those appointed by the president serve a five-year term on the board, which acts as the board of trustees of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
Andrew Giuliani and the President have enjoyed a close personal relationship for years, including when Mr. Giuliani was a teenager and Mr. Trump helped him reconcile with his father after his parents divorced, according to a report in The Atlantic. . And in 2017, the president hired young Mr. Giuliani to work in the White House‘s Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs after a series of marketing jobs, earning him a salary of $ 95,000 as a special assistant to the president, according to the White House. documents.
“He’s known the president since he was a baby,” elder Giuliani told The Atlantic. “Now did he know him in the first place because he was the mayor’s son?” Of course, but they also had a relationship independent of me.
The choice to place Mr. Giuliani on the board seemed to be clearly political, especially given the dissonance between the board’s past advocacy work, like his condemnation of neo-Nazi rhetoric at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, and a number of statements made by Mr. Giuliani’s father.
In a 2019 interview, the elder Mr Giuliani, who was raised as a Roman Catholic, said he was “more Jewish” than George Soros, the liberal philanthropist who is himself a Holocaust survivor.
Mr Giuliani’s appointment is the latest in a series of similar moves by Mr Trump to place friends on coveted boards. Last week, the president hired Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary and wife of Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, for a six-year term on the board of directors of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. The president also placed his former White House adviser, Kellyanne Conway, in a role on the Air Force Academy visitors’ council.