President-elect Trump on Thursday named Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks, Jason Miller and Dan Scavino to senior roles on the White House communications team.

Spicer will be White House press secretary, Hicks will be director of strategic communications, Miller will be White House communications director and Scavino will be the White House director of social media.

“Sean, Hope, Jason and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition,” Trump said. “I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again.”

As reported by the Washington Examiner last week, Trump had been expected to pick Spicer, the Republican National Committee spokesman and chief strategist, to serve as White House press secretary.

Spicer first became involved with Trump in August when he agreed to work in New York three to four days a week as an on-site adviser to the campaign while maintaining his position with the RNC. He has since become a senior spokesman for the president-elect’s transition operation and has been responsible for briefing reporters each morning on the transition team’s day-to-day activities.

Spicer’s expected choice for press secretary puts a close ally of incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who is RNC chairman, in a critical White House post.

Miller had served as communications director for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s failed presidential campaign prior to joining the Trump team as a senior communications adviser in late June.

Hicks was Trump’s sole spokesperson when he launched his campaign for president.

Scavino, who worked his way up the ladder at one of Trump’s golf club, was the director of social media for Trump’s campaign.

Virginia man who bought AK-47 charged with trying to help ISIS

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A 26-year old man from Virginia has been charged with trying to help the Islamic State.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday the man, Lionel Nelson Williams, purchased an AK-47 rifle the day after the 2015 San Bernardino, Calif., terror attack that left 14 people dead and 22 seriously injured.

Williams was arrested in Suffolk, Va., on Wednesday and charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

Williams is accused of sending money to someone in October and November for the purpose of purchasing weapons and ammunition for Islamic State fighters. Prosecutors also said he posted supportive statements on social media about the Islamic State.

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“The White House Correspondents’ Association congratulates Sean Spicer on his appointment today as President-elect Trump’s White House press secretary,” said Jeff Mason, a White House correspondent for Reuters and the president of the WHCA. “We also congratulate Hope Hicks, Jason Miller, and Dan Scavino on their appointments to the president-elect’s communications team. We look forward to working with all of them in the months ahead.”

Snyder not worried about facing criminal charges over Flint winter

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“I have no reason to be concerned,” Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said.

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