In his first public remarks since becoming energy secretary, Trump named former energy adviser Paul Weber to the job of chief strategist and senior counselor.
The Post’s Philip Bump and Josh Dawsey describe the new adviser as “a guy who has spent a lot of time in the trenches.”
(Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post) From the Post’s Stephen Braun and Mike DeBonis: Trump is preparing for his first full day in office.
He has just completed an executive order to revive the American Manufacturing Council, which he created in 2017.
The council, whose membership includes industry leaders, aims to improve the U.S. manufacturing base and boost jobs.
Weber, who worked at Exxon Mobil Corp. and was a senior vice president of energy and natural resources at the Obama administration, will also work closely with Trump to ensure that he does not “totally ignore the environment,” as Trump described it during his first major speech in office on Jan. 21.
Weber will be working with Trump on several key issues, including his climate agenda and efforts to revitalize the American economy.
Weber is expected to serve as a top adviser to the president and his administration, as well as oversee energy policy, energy and energy infrastructure.
Weber said in a statement that he will be focused on helping build the American manufacturing base.
“The Manufacturing Council is a great example of what the administration is doing to rebuild our economy and jobs, and I’m excited to help build on its success,” Weber said.
“We will be able to meet our long-term energy goals with the most energy-efficient and effective technologies and equipment available, and help American workers find the work they love. “
“I am committed to supporting policies that will create good jobs and ensure the American worker can thrive and create jobs for all of America.” “
The new adviser is expected be at the center of the Trump administration’s energy agenda, with a focus on rebuilding the U,S. “
I am committed to supporting policies that will create good jobs and ensure the American worker can thrive and create jobs for all of America.”
The new adviser is expected be at the center of the Trump administration’s energy agenda, with a focus on rebuilding the U,S.
energy sector and ensuring the country’s economic recovery.
During his campaign, Trump promised to revive American manufacturing and boost the American energy economy, but he did not have a specific plan for how to do so.
Weber joins a list of high-profile appointments that include Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Energy Secretary Ben Carson, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Energy and Commerce Secretary Rick Scott and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
He will be in charge of Trump’s transition team as the president prepares for his inauguration next month.
Weber also will have a major role in the administration’s push to overhaul the federal tax code.
Weber worked at the Energy Department for more than 20 years before becoming the top official in the department.
The Trump administration has proposed numerous changes to the tax code that could reshape it in ways that could impact the energy industry.
In March, the president released a plan to overhaul U.N. climate change agreements.
The plan calls for slashing U.K. emissions targets by 30 percent and creating new incentives to invest overseas.
“It’s very exciting,” Weber told reporters Monday as he boarded Air Force One for a trip to Germany.
“This is the time of the year when you can be really, really focused and really make a real difference.”
Weber was named to the Energy Council in 2016.
He joined Exxon Mobil in 2016, when he was the vice president for energy and global markets, and was promoted to vice president in 2018.
He was named chief operating officer in 2014 and served as vice president and senior vice President in 2016 and as vice chairman of Exxon Mobil’s board of directors in 2017, after joining the company from BP.
During the transition, Weber served as a consultant to Exxon Mobil, the company said in an email to The Washington Times.
He previously worked for Exxon Mobil as vice vice president energy and climate.
He said in the email that he is looking forward to being part of the administration team.
“With a strong commitment to advancing America’s energy, manufacturing and the global economy, I am proud to be joining President-elect Trump’s team of leaders in energy and environment and wish him the best,” he wrote.
Trump’s energy adviser is one of several high-level picks that are expected to play key roles in the transition and administration.
The White House has not publicly announced anyone to replace Energy Secretary Scott Pruitt, who stepped down from his post in February.
In addition, President-Elect Donald Trump is expected for the first time to appoint a senior energy adviser to his cabinet, as part of his transition team, according to multiple people familiar with the plans.
A senior Trump transition official told