Phillips said in an email that he will be based in Atlanta and is working to open a campaign office soon.
Trump announced Phillips' appointment in a press release along with new staffers in Ohio and Oklahoma, and on the same day as he announced submitting 15,000 signatures to qualify for the notoriously difficult Virginia primary ballot. All of those states vote in March, as Trump signals that he is in this for the long haul.
Said Trump in a press release:
"While other candidates are being forced to scale back on their staffs or consider dropping out of the race, we are assembling an extensive campaign team to harness the tremendous enthusiasm we are receiving from proud Americans across the country. I will secure our border, take care of our veterans, and bring jobs back from overseas. We will continue to grow our incredible team and share my vision to Make America Great Again!"
In other Trump news, the Washington Post reports that he is going it alone in negotiating the parameters of future GOP debates -- a major test of his ratings leverage:
Trump will reject a joint letter to television network hosts regarding upcoming primary debates drafted Sunday at a private gathering of operatives from at least 11 presidential campaigns, the Republicans said.