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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. First lady Melania Trump is appointing the director of rooms at the Trump Organization's Washington hotel to be the new White House chief usher. It's the latest example of the remarkable co-mingling between President Donald Trump's White House and his business world. Timothy Harleth will oversee the White House residence staff, more than 90 people in all.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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New White House chief usher moves from Trump hotel

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. First lady Melania Trump is appointing the director of rooms at the Trump Organization's Washington hotel to be the new White House chief usher. It's the latest example of the remarkable co-mingling between President Donald Trump's White House and his business world. Timothy Harleth will oversee the White House residence staff, more than 90 people in all.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump is appointing the director of rooms at the Trump Organization’s Washington hotel to be the new White House chief usher, the latest example of intermingling between Donald Trump’s presidency and his business world.

Timothy Harleth will oversee the White House residence staff, more than 90 people in all.

The appointment comes shortly after it was announced that the president will host a major fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel, where Harleth has worked, a few blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.

Trump has placed his businesses into a trust, but ethics experts have questioned whether it is a strong enough firewall to prevent conflicts of interest.

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