GU Politics kicked off the spring semester with a HIPPSter Chat: From ICC to PIC with Boris Epshteyn!
Epshteyn is the Director of Communications for the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) and a Senior Advisor to the Trump-Pence Transition. He was a Senior Advisor to the Trump-Pence 2016 Presidential Campaign, and previously served as Communications Aide with the McCain-Palin campaign and a media surrogate for the Romney-Ryan campaign.
In a discussion moderated by GU Politics Faculty Liaison, Tony Arend, Epshteyn share about his experiences, from his time as a student at Georgetown to his career trajectory, and more recently, his experience with the Trump campaign, inauguration planning, and thoughts on the new Administration.
When asked, “What are the fundamental themes that you hope we’ll be able to take away from the Inaugural?” Epshteyn shared about the importance of becoming united, working together, pragmatism, and putting America back to work.
“I’m concentrating on the biggest issues right now: national security and the U.S. economy. And I believe that the person to lead us on those fronts is the President-Elect,” said Mr. Epshteyn.
Students who joined the chat also asked a variety of questions, such as Mr. Trump’s communication style to Epshteyn's opinion on Mr. Trump's recent January 11th press conference.
One student asked, “From a communications perspective, how does your team handle the issues and breaking news that have come up during and after the campaign?” to which Epshteyn replied, “the key is showing authenticity” in media relations.
Thank you to all who joined for a fascinating discussion! Keep an eye out for upcoming events in our HIPPSter series this semester!