Yet Another Trump Associate Is Getting Divorced

Kenzie Bryant
Love in the time of Trump is a strange thing.

The Trump administration has a case of the divorcees. The Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali reported on Sunday that Jennifer Scavino, the wife of Trump’s social-media manager Dan Scavino Jr., filed for divorce in Dutchess County, New York, in mid-January. The records are sealed by law, so the reason for filing hasn’t been named. The White House declined to comment, and Mrs. Scavino could not be reached for comment (though she has not responded to Huffington Post’s request at the time of writing).

Scavino is the president’s former golf caddie who rose through the ranks and now manages the White House’s social media. According to a Politico profile and others, he operates like the president’s id on Twitter for better or worse or the worst. Despite his elevated position in a turbulent administration (he makes the maximum salary a White House staffer can—nearly $180,000), he’s largely kept his name out of the headlines.

In his tenure at the helm of Trump’s campaign social and White House social, he’s been responsible for such classic tweets as the one rallying Trump’s followers against Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash—a violation of the Hatch Act—and the one wherein Hillary Clinton appeared to be with a star of David, along with a caption that read “most corrupt candidate ever!” It’s now deleted, but Scavino said it couldn’t have been anti-Semitic because he celebrates Jewish holidays with his wife’s family.

He and his wife were married in 2000 and have two children. The Daily Beast reported last year on the family’s struggle with medical bills related to Jennifer’s chronic Lyme disease. They reportedly filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2015.

News of this divorce is largely notable because it comes on the heels of Donald Trump Jr.’s wife Vanessa’s divorce filing on Thursday, which itself followed ex-staffer Anthony Scaramucci’s wife Deidre’s filing for divorce last summer. Those two reconciled soon after, and have since dispensed marriage advice on Dr. Phil.

It’s hard to tell if the high pressure implicit in working in any presidential administration, let alone one like this, leads to an uptick in separations. You tend hear more about presidents introducing future couples rather than contributing to the breakdown of their union. Barack Obama officiated the wedding of two former staffers, and was a groomsman in the wedding of another. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s matchmaking is legend. Hillary Clinton’s matchmaking is also legend, but for very different reasons. And I suppose that for every dissolution of marriage on Team Trump, there have been reports of fledgling relationships. The rumored relationship between the two ex-staffers Rob Porter and Hope Hicks might count, despite how poorly that turned out for everyone involved, and so might the coupling up of Mike Pence’s nephew and Kellyanne Conway’s cousin. Love in the time of Trump is a strange thing.