This pilot has friends in high places.
The private aviator who flew President Trump around the country during his 2016 campaign is on the White House short list to lead the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a report.
John Dunkin, Trump’s longtime pilot, has already had a preliminary conversation with administration officials about the job, Axios reports.
Trump has singled out Dunkin, who has managed airline and corporate flight departments, as one of his most trusted sources about the nation’s aviation system.
“I have a pilot who’s a real expert,” Trump said at a meeting with top airline executives a year ago. “My pilot, he's a smart guy and he knows what's going on.”
Dunkin oversaw the Trump campaign’s air fleet, which included managing all aviation transportation for travel to 203 cities in 43 states over the course of 21 months.
Dan Elwell, a former FAA deputy, has been serving as acting administrator since last month.
Members past and present of President Trump's inner circle
Hope Hicks: Former White House Director of Strategic Communications
Melania Trump: Wife to President Trump and first lady of the United States
Gary Cohn: Former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council
Michael Flynn: Former National Security Advisor, no longer with the Trump administration
Ivanka Trump: First daughter and presidential adviser
Gen. John Kelly: Former Secretary of Homeland Security, current White House chief of staff
Steve Bannon: Former White House chief strategist, no longer with the Trump administration
Jared Kushner: Son-in-law and senior adviser
Kellyanne Conway: Former Trump campaign manager, current counselor to the president
Reince Priebus: Former White House chief of staff, no longer with the Trump administration
Anthony Scaramucci: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: White House press secretary
Donald Trump Jr.: First son to President Trump
Sean Spicer: Former White House press secretary, soon to be no longer with the Trump administration
Jeff Sessions: U.S. attorney general
Steve Mnuchin: Secretary of Treasury
Paul Manafort: Former Trump campaign chairman
Carter Page: Former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign
Omarosa Manigault: Former Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison
Jason Miller: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Mike Dubke: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Stephen Miller: Trump senior policy adviser
Corey Lewandowski: Former Trump campaign manager
Eric Trump: Son to President Trump
Rex Tillerson: Former Secretary of State
Sebastian Gorka: Former deputy assistant to the president in the Trump administration, no longer in his White House role
Roger Stone: Former Trump campaign adviser, current host of Stone Cold Truth
Betsy DeVos: U.S. Education Secretary