Mercedes Schlapp, a former Fox News contributor and well-known conservative figure, could soon take a top position in the White House communications shop, a source familiar with the talks confirmed to the Washington Examiner.
Schlapp has served as a visible and consistent defender of the Trump administration. Her husband, Matt Schlapp, is president of the American Conservative Union and is also a cable news fixture who frequently hits the airwaves in defense of Trump.
Both are veterans of the George W. Bush White House, where Mercedes Schlapp worked as director of specialty media and Matt Schlapp worked as political director.
The addition of Mercedes Schlapp to the White House communications team would bring a seasoned perspective to a group made up largely of younger and less experienced aides.
Hope Hicks, a longtime Trump loyalist with little political experience outside of the Trump campaign, serves as interim communications director, and Sarah Sanders is the White House press secretary and only recently ascended to her position after the departure of her more battle-tested predecessor, Sean Spicer.
The precise nature of Mercedes Schlapp's expected role is unclear.
A White House official declined to confirm the move.
"We have no personnel announcement at this time," the official said.
Politico first reported the pending hire.