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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump has appointed a new director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the White House announced in a press release.

    "Today, President Donald Trump announced his appointment of the following individual to a key position in his Administration: Russell T. Vought, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget", the release said on Wednesday.

    Vought has served as OMB's acting director since January 2019 following 20 years working on Capitol Hill and for Republican Party-associated institutions, the release noted.

    Trump also appointed Joseph Lavorgna as Special Assistant to the President and Chief Economist of the National Economic Council. Lavorgna will be tasked with studying the effects that the COVID-19 virus will have on the US economy, the release added.

    The total number of COVID-19 cases in the US has reached at least 7,769, with the reported death standing at least 118, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

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