Trump’s long-time bodyguard, confidant to leave White House



Keith Schiller, director of Oval Office operations, walks through the lobby at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)
Keith Schiller, director of Oval Office operations, walks through the lobby at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump’s long-time bodyguard and confidant Keith Schiller will leave the White House after working for Trump for nearly two decades.

Schiller, the Director of Oval Office Operations, announced his departure on Friday, saying, “Today is not my last day.”

“It will be great to look back on in 10-15 years” he told AFP, noting that although “it’s historic,” government work was maybe “not for me.”

Schiller said that he would return to Florida where he would rejoin the private security industry.

According to the New York Times and CNN, Schiller, a gangly former New York Police Department detective, made the decision, in part, for financial reasons.

Schiller joined the Trump Organization in the late 1990s. In 2004, he started working as the head of security at Trump Tower in Manhattan and has been Trump’s bodyguard ever since.

Trump has had a close relationship with Schiller who has been one of the only aides whom the president trusts completely outside of his family members.

US President Donald Trump and Keith Schiller (R) react as a lamp is bumped by press before a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Oval Office of the White House June 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

His departure would be the latest in a series of White House staff changes. In August, chief strategist Steve Bannon was fired by Trump and adviser Sebastian Gorka resigned from his post.


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