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John Hogan Gidley is an American Republican political aide serving as White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary since 2019. He previously served in the Trump Administration as Special Assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump from 2017 to 2019.

Hogan Gidley
White House Deputy Press Secretary
Assumed office
January 31, 2019
Acting: January 14, 2019 – January 31, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
LeaderSarah Sanders
Stephanie Grisham
Preceded byRaj Shah
Special Assistant to the President &
Deputy Press Secretary
In office
October 11, 2017 – January 14, 2019
Serving with Lindsay Walters
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byLindsay Walters
Personal details
John Hogan Gidley

El Dorado, Arkansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Mississippi (BA)

Early life and careerEdit

Gidley was born in Arkansas.[1] He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science in 1998.[1]

Gidley served as the director of Huck PAC.[2] His past activities include director of media operations for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Executive Director of the South Carolina Republican Party, Press Secretary to the David Beasley for Senate campaign, the Karen Floyd for Superintendent of Education campaign, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole's campaign committee. He was the director of communications for the 2012 presidential campaign of Rick Santorum.

Trump administrationEdit

The Trump administration announced on October 10, 2017 that Gidley would serve as Deputy Press Secretary, and he started his job at the White House the day after.[3][4]

In February 2018, Gidley said that Trump was speaking "tongue-in-cheek" when Trump said that it was "treasonous" for Democrats not to applaud him during the State of the Union address.[5] Later that February, after Special Counsel Mueller's investigation led to the indictments of a number of Russians for election interference, Gidley said that Democrats and the media had done more to create "chaos" in the United States than the Russian government.[6]

In June 2019 Gidley was considered a candidate for White House Press Secretary when Sarah Sanders announced she was stepping down from the role.[7] Stephanie Grisham was named to the position with Gidley continuing on as Deputy Press Secretary.[8]

On September 5, 2019, The Washington Times published an opinion piece written by Gidley and press secretary Stephanie Grisham, titled "The Washington Post's lost summer". The authors asserted the Post had not reported on several Trump accomplishments, although the paper actually did report on them. In one instance, the piece linked to a Post story titled "Trump becomes first sitting president to set foot into North Korea" as the authors asserted the paper had not reported the event.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b Pender, Geoff (October 11, 2017). "Ole Miss alum named deputy White House press secretary". The Clarion-Ledger.
  2. ^ PAC, Huck. "Huck PAC". Archived from the original on 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  3. ^ Rucker, Philip (October 10, 2017). "Trump Hires Hogan Gidley as a White House Spokesman". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Heretik, Jack (October 11, 2017). "White House Brings on Hogan Gidley as Deputy Press Secretary". The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Wagner, John (2018-02-06). "Trump was speaking 'tongue in cheek' when he said Democrats were 'treasonous,' spokesman says". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  6. ^ Bowden, John (2018-02-17). "White House spokesman: Dems, media have created more 'chaos' than the Russians". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  7. ^ Panetta, Grace (June 14, 2019). "Here's who could replace Sarah Sanders as Trump's White House press secretary". Business Insider. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "Longtime Trump Aide Stephanie Grisham Will Succeed Sanders as Press Secretary". Independent Journal Review, Reuters. June 25, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Stephanie Grisham Claims Washington Post Didn't Cover Stories The Paper Actually Did Cover". September 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Washington Post's lost summer". Washington Examiner. September 5, 2019.

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