He went from being a top campaign adviser and possible chief of staff candidate to the ostensible subject of a blistering Trump campaign statement issued after allegations emerged that Bossie was using one of his political groups to profit off the president’s name. And then, just like that, he was back on Trump’s call list, given a campaign role and welcomed on presidential trips.

He accomplished the turn-around using a playbook that has become all-too-familiar in the Trump era: Defend the president, keep company with those who could influence the president and score a one-on-one meeting to make your case.

“There’s always a pathway to redemption,” said a former staffer who is also back in the fold after being pushed out at one point.