The president’s mysterious and imposing former bodyguard and head of Oval Office operations, Keith Schiller, performed a number of unusual duties for his boss. Although, this was the strangest thing he did for Donald Trump.
Part of Schiller’s job during the campaign was running to McDonald’s as Trump hung out in his limo waiting for his Egg McMuffins for breakfast or two quarter-pounders plus a large fry on the side for lunch. Schiller was so dedicated to Trump, he even rented an apartment within blocks of the White House, so that he could be at Trump’s beck-and-call.
Keith Schiller called me to discourage a story I was working on about this (still) missing Trump aide (Pls. RT): https://t.co/TTi5HsTg5s
— World B. Friedman (@BrianRFriedman) November 7, 2017
The former New York City police offer, Schiller was to the go-to guy if someone wanted to get “a news article, gossip, or advice” to the president, according to POLITICO. Trump would say:
‘Send it to Keith, he’ll get it to me.’
If senior White House officials wanted to check on 45’s mood before they met with him, they asked Schiller. The former bodyguard even hand-delivered former FBI director, James Comey, his pink slip..
Tuesday Schiller appeared before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its ongoing investigation to the Russian’s involvement in presidential election. The committee wanted to know about the president’s trip to Moscow in 2013 for the Miss Universe pageant.
Democrats assumed the reason the GOP called Schiller to testify was to help discredit the infamous 35-page dossier.
One of Trump’s former campaign aides observed that Trump would not be “happy” about the news of Schiller testifying on Capitol Hill, POLITICO wrote:
‘The image of Keith walking in and testifying is not going to make the president happy. That is a loyal lieutenant being dragged in. That’s clearly going to upset him.’
Keith Schiller on the Hill to speak with House Intel pic.twitter.com/uubsPxuM1A
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) November 7, 2017
Schiller kept an eye on Twitter for possible protesters in an upcoming rally and kept in touch with the campaign’s war room staffers to keep them advised. The former bodyguard even leaped to the stage during an Ohio rally, when a protester broke through the barricades.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) November 7, 2017
One campaign official told POLITICO:
‘Anytime I had a meeting with the president. I’d always check with him about his mood and what he thought I should focus on. There are only two whisperers in Trump world, as far as I’m concerned. It’s Keith Schiller and Michael Cohen (longtime Trump attorney.)
The crack in the foundation between Schiller and the president started when John Kelly became the chief of staff. Kelly changed the White House structure, so that Schiller reported to him, not directly to Trump. The reason given was that the chief of staff wanted to halt the flood of communications from the outside the Oval Office.
Why did Schiller leave? After all, he was the last to talk to Trump at night and the first to see him in the morning. The man who slipped quietly away from the White House after decades of service to Trump, left people guessing.
Did he leave for financial reasons? Did he feel pushed out by Kelly or dislike how the new chief of staff treated his boss? After all, the former bodyguard is still very loyal to his former boss, according to POLITICO.
A senior White House official told POLITICO:
‘It was far less a reduction of his role as confidante. It was far more a reduction of his role as conduit.’
Friends of Schiller say he has moved to Boca Raton, Florida and is working as a highly paid private security man.
Featured Image via Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla.