Katie Waldman is Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary and the girlfriend of Stephen Miller, a senior advisor to Donald Trump. Waldman, 27’s, appointment to the office of the vice president was announced in an NBC report on the morning of September 19.
The Washington Post’s Nick Miroff went a step further and identified Waldman as Miller’s significant other. Waldman is replacing Alyssa Farah in the role. Farah is moving on to a role with the Department of Defense.
According to Waldman’s LinkedIn page, after graduating from George Washington University in 2014 with a masters in Public Administration, she went to work as a press assistant at the National Republican Committee. Waldman is also a graduate of the University of Florida and is a native of Fort Lauderdale.
In January 2015, Waldman began working for U.S. Senator Steve Daines of Montana as press secretary. Waldman began working as the deputy press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security in November 2017, staying in that job until February 2019. While working for the DHS, Waldman made $82,377, per year, according to Pro Publica. Since February 2019, Waldman has been Arizona Republican Senator Martha McSally’s communications director.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Waldman Has Described Asylum Seekers at the Southern Border as a ‘Violent Mob of Migrants’
In an interview on the southern border crisis on CNN in January 2019, Waldman referred to asylum seekers as a “violent mob of migrants.” Waldman quote in full was, “Once again we have had a violent mob of migrants attempt to enter the United States illegally by attacking our agents with projectiles. As has happened before — in this and previous administrations — our personnel used the minimum force necessary to defend themselves, defend our border, and restore order.”
Waldman went on to tell the network that there had been no injuries among those throwing rocks. She also used the opportunity to call on Congress to help President Trump build the border wall. Thanks for her role with the Department of Homeland Security, Waldman was regularly pictured at the Arizona-Mexico border.
During an interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade in October 2018, Waldman said of the caravan at the southern border, “I mean this caravan is being put together by NGOs and others mainly for media attention. I mean as I just said we’re seeing caravan size every day at the border. You know we’ve heard reports of these folks getting on buses and then getting off and walking for the cameras. You know they are getting a ton of media attention.”
2. While a Student at the University of Florida, Waldman Admitted to Throwing Away Copies of the School Newspaper as the Front Page Endorsed Her Political Rival
In 2012, while Waldman was a student at the University of Florida, she admitted to destroying multiple copies of the school’s newspaper. The paper’s front page showed that the school’s football coach had endorsed Waldman’s political rival, the Student Press Law Center reported. Waldman had been a member of the Unite Party of the school. Despite her actions, Waldman maintained her place in the school’s student government and faced no repercussions.
The assistant minority leader of the Students Party, Max Stein, wrote of Waldman at the time, “I do not question [Waldman’s] qualifications, passion or work ethic. I question her ethical and moral fiber.” Waldman had been accused of carrying out the act with another male student. At the time, Waldman was the student government’s allocations chairwoman. Stein called Waldman’s admission of guilt, “obviously not only rehearsed but coached.”
The male student apologized in an editorial for the school’s Alligator newspaper. He wrote in his apology, “When Katie Waldman and I were walking around campus, I let my sense of competition get in the way of the integrity and everything I believe I have always striven for in my time at UF.”
3. Waldman Was Described as a ‘Vigorous Voice’ in Senator Martha McSally’s Office
On the day of Waldman’s appointment to Pence’s office, the Arizona Republic referred to her as a “vigorous voice” inside of Senator Martha McSally’s office. McSally said in a statement on September 19, “Katie has been a great asset to our team and will be missed, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for her to serve our country. I am sure Katie will thrive in this new position serving Vice President Pence and I wish her all the best.”
A former colleague of Waldman’s at the Department of Homeland Security said of Pence’s new hire, “She impressed a lot of people in the administration with her work in DHS and on the immigration portfolio in the height of media interest… She’s pro-Trump and that checks all the boxes.” While Steve Daines said of Waldman, “She has a very strong personality. She has incredible work ethic.”
4. On the Strength of the Revelation She Was Dating Miller, Their Names Became Nationally Trending Topics on Twitter
As news of Waldman and Miller’s relationship spread, Miller and Waldman’s names became trending topics on Twitter in the United States. A related term to the trend was the phrase, “Dating Stephen Miller.” Splinter published an opinion piece titled, “I’m Deeply Troubled to Report Stephen Miller Got a Girlfriend.”
Here are some of the most impassioned Twitter responses to the news:
5. Waldman Begins Working for Vice President Pence on October 1
NBC News reports that Waldman will begin working for the vice president’s office on October 1. Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, told the network, “She’s got extensive experience and she’ll be a great fit in our office. She’s shown she has the mettle to handle intense environments.” Waldman will report directly to Marc Short, NBC News reported.
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