President Donald Trump and his chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday unveiled their first “Trump administration” web design team and said they will use the experience to create an “electoral firewall.”
The new team will help the White House “shape the vision for our country and to make sure our citizens and government are protected from the dangerous forces of fake news and misinformation,” Bannon told reporters on Air Force One.
“It’s about the people,” he said.
“It’s not about the platform.”
The president and Bannon, a former executive chairman of Breitbart News and a vocal Trump critic, have often sparred over the media and politics during the 2016 campaign.
The White House and Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The team includes two senior designers and a web developer.
One is a former senior aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was tapped to be the administration’s chief strategist in March, according to a White House official.
The other is a veteran of the Obama administration, according for the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations.
The new designers will work with the president’s political team, as well as with social media advisers and congressional staffers, to craft a vision for the country, Bannon said in his speech.
“Our new team is going to lead the charge on defining the vision and working with the people to shape the vision,” Bannon said.
The president also named his new web designer and a senior adviser, Andrew Puzder, as the chief operating officer of the White.
“We want a new team to help shape the WhiteHouse.gov site, the Twitter account, the digital presence and the White house’s brand,” Bannon added.
Trump is set to officially announce his new team on Friday, and it’s expected to include a slew of prominent figures including White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and chief strategist Reince Priebus, as Trump has called for the transition.
But the Trump administration’s new web design is a far cry from what happened with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who resigned after he appeared to make an inaccurate claim about the size of the crowd at the inauguration.