How many US White House political staff have a “radio which announces the President’s logistical movements”?

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From Politico's May 9, 2022 How the Jan. 6 panel broke through Trump allies’ stonewalling:

Aides like Cassidy Hutchinson, a close adviser to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Ken Klukowski, who advised former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, have helped the select committee fill in gaps about Trump’s private meetings, calls and efforts to overturn the 2020 election that investigators could otherwise only obtain from the principal players themselves.

Hutchinson’s testimony offered granular details about numerous meetings and phone calls that Meadows convened to discuss options for preventing Joe Biden from taking office. She identified a long list of Republican members of Congress who participated in those meetings — several of whom have themselves refused to cooperate with the investigation.

In addition, Hutchinson described pushback from the White House Counsel’s office to legal theories pushed by lawmakers and Trump allies on how to thwart election results, and she was able to identify when many key figures met with Trump himself.

“Almost all, if not all, meetings Mr. Trump had, I had insight on,” Hutchinson told the committee.

In excerpts of her testimony released by the committee, Hutchinson also described Meadows’ post-election trip to Georgia, where he met with aides to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger amid Trump’s effort to pressure the state to reverse his defeat. Plus, she described Meadows’ movements on Jan. 6 — from his early efforts to contact Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rudy Giuliani to his time with Trump.

“When I had gotten to the West Wing, he was in the Oval dining room,” Hutchinson said of Trump.

“How do you know that?” committee investigator Dan George asked in her February interview.

“Because I heard it announced on my radio which announces the president’s logistical movements,” Hutchinson replied.

The article also links to a previous WaPo article discussing Hutchinson's testimony: Meadows was warned of violence before Jan. 6, new court filings show

The political aspect of this question are at least two fold:

  1. The radio and contemporaneous notes and recollection of what is announced makes getting a record of presidential movement and behavior at key moments of great political consequence easier.
  2. Those can also reveal the existence of conflicting and/or misleading statements about the same presidential movement and behavior at key moments.

But neither WaPo article mentions a "radio which announces the President’s logistical movements" referenced by Politico.

Politico describes Cassidy Hutchinson as "a close adviser to former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows" and not secret service, so I am not asking about presidential protection. But I would like to know:

Question: How many US White House political staff have a "radio which announces the President’s logistical movements"?

Is this common and widespread? Are there dozens of people with these radios? Did/does it happen in presidential administrations before and after this one as well?

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