At nearly 6-foot-6, Tom Bossert is hard to miss. Yet he came and went through the gilded lobby at Trump Tower multiple times during the presidential transition largely unnoticed among the parade of White House job candidates headed for the elevators.
A Nov. 17 video from the lobby shows Trump adviser Dave Bossie twirling colleague Kellyanne Conway as Bossert looks on, generally ignored by reporters staking out the scene.
Bossert quickly caught the eye of the transition team, though, and then of Donald Trump. The president-elect offered Bossert the job of White House homeland security adviser nearly as soon as they met, on Dec. 22 at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Bossert, with his smooth but unassuming manner, isn’t in the background anymore. He’s squarely out front as Trump’s details man on the hurricane recovery effort, a fitting follow-up to Bossert’s work helping write the “lessons learned” report after the Bush administration’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina.
His portfolio also includes the Equifax hack, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, flood insurance and more.
When Trump makes his first presidential visit to the U.N. General Assembly this coming week, Bossert is expected to be there as well.
Current and former White House aides say Bossert has been a bastion of competence in a White House riven by feuding, investigations and Trump’s unpredictable temper.