Trump’s new power couple

Mercedes and Matt Schlapp began their careers on President George W. Bush’s campaign and White House, but have embraced their parallel roles as loyal surrogates for a president whose rise has reshaped their party and upended the conservative movement.

She’s a strategic adviser in President Donald Trump’s West Wing. He’s a lobbyist who moonlights as the head of the American Conservative Union, which hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference — a key gathering for Trump supporters.

Meet Mercedes and Matt Schlapp, a power couple tailor-made for Trump’s Washington.

The two began their careers in the bastion of the establishment GOP — President George W. Bush’s campaign and White House — but have embraced their parallel roles as loyal surrogates for a president whose rise has reshaped their party and upended the conservative movement.

Now, Mercedes Schlapp — known as Mercy — is among the leading candidates to become communications director after the resignation last week of Hope Hicks. The move, said to be favored by White House chief of staff John Kelly, would further solidify the image of Schlapp and her husband as critical power players in Washington.

“Mercy is the natural choice,” said Bryan Lanza, who served as deputy communications director for Trump’s campaign. “She has the experience. She has the respect of the staff. She has the respect of, obviously, General Kelly. And from the position that she can execute, I think there’s very few people in New York or D.C. that can execute with this president as effectively as Mercy.”

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