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Local pundit Michael Caputo tapped for Trump Administration job

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar

A vocal proponent of the president has just been named to a top public relations job in the Trump Administration.East Aurora resident Michael Caputo performed his first day as assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. He was sworn in on Tuesday.

Caputo did not want to be interviewed on tape, but confirmed his new post, which was announced on Twitter by HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

Caputo told WBFO the president personally called him three weeks ago and asked him to take the position. He has a long history of high-level involvement in Washington politics, working for several presidents, worked for Trump in the president's successful 2016 presidential race and was extensively interviewed during the House probe of Russian involvement in the presidential campaign. Caputo has also worked in Russia, advising then-President Boris Yeltsin.

Ten years ago, he was campaign manager for developer Carl Paladino's run for New York governor against Andrew Cuomo. The Southtowns native is also the author of The Ukraine Hoax, a book alleging a conspiracy behind the president's impeachment.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.