Job Seekers With Trump White Home on Their Résumés Face a Chilly Actuality

Others are still weighing their options.

Hope Hicks, a senior advisor who left the White House in 2018 and got an important job as Fox Corporation’s chief communications officer before returning in March, has told people near her that she is planning an extended vacation.

Hogan Gidley, a former White House deputy press secretary and campaign spokesman whose job recently included naming Mr. Trump on Fox News as the “manliest” president in American history, said he was considering “different things” and not worried about the search before him.

“I think it’s an exaggeration,” said Gidley of the challenges he and his colleagues may face in the months ahead. But then he paused. “Let me put it this way, I hope it’s an exaggeration.”

While former advisers ponder their future in Washington, a small group of advisors will stay by Mr. Trump’s side in Florida, helping him build his post-presidency presence.

The group of loyalists who have followed him include Dan Scavino, a former White House deputy chief of staff for communications, and Nick Luna, the former body man of Mr. Trump. A larger group of aides, including Brian Jack, former White House political director, are considering staying in Trump country but have not yet made any final decisions.

Others, including Margo Martin, a former press office worker, and Molly Michael, an assistant to Mr. Trump, are government employees who are paid by the General Services Administration and will help Mr. Trump with the transition process.

While her former colleagues spent the weekend grappling with the cold reality of life in a Washington state where the Democrats are now in charge, Ms. Martin posted a photo on Instagram of her surroundings in Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s sun-drenched resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

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