Nick Luna (Trump aide)
|Other names||Nicholas F. Luna|
|Known for||aide to Donald Trump|
Nick Luna was an aide to President Donald Trump. In 2020 he served as one of Trump's "body men". For his predecessors months or years as a "body man" was a prelude to a promotion to a much more prestigious job. Luna earned $183,000 in 2020.
Reporters who covered the Trump administration noted that the younger, single aides and associates found it hard to find dates in "liberal Washington" - so they were "dating and marrying one another". In February 2020 several reporters listed Luna, and Cassidy Dumbauld, an aide to Trump's advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, were dating. The pair married on September 5, 2020.
He attracted widespread attention in October 2020 when he was one of the first of Trump's aides to be diagnosed with the Covid 19 virus. Eventually over three dozen of Trump's close aides and associates were diagnosed with Covid, including Trump himself, his wife, Melania Trump, and youngest child Barron Trump.
In February 2022 reporters learned of a memo Congressional Representative Carolyn Maloney had written to the National Archives, in which she named and nine other Trump aides, for help determining whether they had meaningful testimony on whether he broke the law as to how Presidents and their staff should handle official documents. The nine other aides were John Kelly, Mark Meadows and Reince Priebus, three of Trump's Cheifs of Staff; Pat Cipollone, Don McGahn and Stefan Passantino, White House Counsels or Deputy Counsels; Derek Lyons and Robert Porter, each White House Staff Secretary; and Madeleine Westerhout Director of Oval Office Operations.
Luna testified before staff of the January 6 committee. Among his testimony there is a description of Trump going off-script when he finally addressed January 6 occupiers and protesters. In the original draft Trump would have praised the majority of the protesters, who had remained peaceful and law-abiding, and in which he would have told rioters to emulate them, and peacefully go home.
- Annie Karni. As Circle of Trump Aides Dwindles, a Few Plan to Stay to the End, The New York Times, 2021-01-08, p. A14. Retrieved on 2021-03-11. “Still working in the building, even as the West Wing has been clearing out, are Nick Luna, the president’s body man; Johnny McEntee, the director of the presidential personnel office; and Dan Scavino, the president’s former golf caddy turned deputy chief of staff for communications.”
- Cassidy Dumbauld, Nick Luna’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know, Heavy magazine, 2020-10-05. Retrieved on 2021-03-11. “Dumbauld is an aide to White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. She and Luna are newlyweds who tied the knot September 5, 2020.”
- Katie Rogers. Young, Conservative and Working for Trump? The Dating Pool Is Small, The New York Times, 2020-02-17, p. A13. Retrieved on 2021-03-11. “There is also Nick Luna, the president’s body man, and Cassidy Dumbauld, an assistant to Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s senior adviser.”
- Peter Weber. Trump aides are finding it hard to date in liberal Washington. So they're dating, marrying each other, Yahoo News, 2020-02-18. Retrieved on 2021-03-11. “Other White House couples include Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham and advance team director Max Miller, and Trump body man Nick Luna and Cassidy Dumbauld, an assistant to Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser.”
- Here's who has tested positive for COVID-19 in U.S. President Trump's inner circle, CBC News, 2020-12-06. Retrieved on 2021-03-11. “Trump personal aide Nick Luna tested positive for COVID-19 after having travelled with him several times recently, a White House official said the night of Oct. 3.”
- Trump rushes to dole out plum appointments to allies on way out the door: Even as Trump denies defeat, the move is common to lame-duck presidents, ABC News, 2020-12-18. Retrieved on 2021-03-11. “Rudy Giuliani’s son Andrew, who works as a White House aide, and the president’s bodyman Nick Luna were named Wednesday to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.”
- Trump may be preparing final video message from White House, CNN, 2021-01-18. Retrieved on 2021-03-11. “Those include Trump's personal attendant Nick Luna and his wife Cassidy Dumbauld who currently serves as a special assistant to the President, along with his current deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and possibly others.”
- House Dems step up investigation into Trump’s handling of sensitive records, Politico, 2022-02-25. Retrieved on 2021-03-11. “She specifically asked Ferriero to focus on Trump aides Pat Cipollone, John Kelly, Nicholas Luna, Derek Lyons, Don McGahn, Mark Meadows, Stefan Passantino, Robert Porter, Reince Priebus and Madeleine Westerhout.”
- Benjamin Siegel, Katherine Faulders. Former Trump personal assistant appears before Jan. 6 committee: Nick Luna served as Trump's body man in the West Wing., ABC News, 2022-03-21. Retrieved on 2022-07-23. “The panel said Luna was with the former president on Jan. 6, and was nearby when Trump called former Vice President Mike Pence that morning and urged Pence not to certify the results of the 2020 election.” mirror
- Trump's former assistant describes his Jan. 6 conversation with the former president, CBS News, 2022-03-22. Retrieved on 2022-07-23. “Nicholas Luna, the former assistant to former President Donald Trump, described to the Jan. 6 committee the exchange he had with Trump regarding a tweet in which Trump called the rioters 'great patriots.'”