Kamala Harris’ Communications Director Leaving Biden Administration: White House Official

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Vice President Kamala Harris’ communications director, Ashley Etienne, is leaving the Biden administration, a White House authoritative confirmed to aggregate outlets connected Thursday.

“Ashley is simply a valued subordinate of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to beforehand the goals of this administration,” the authoritative told CNN. “She is leaving the bureau successful December to prosecute different opportunities.”

It is understood that the authoritative besides confirmed the quality to The Independent.

Etienne has not yet commented connected her alleged exit but it is not antithetic for White House staffers to permission aft 12 months.

The Epoch Times has contacted the White House for comment.

The communications director, 43, was formerly a elder advisor to the Biden statesmanlike run and existent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) erstwhile she was number leader. She besides worked arsenic peculiar adjunct to then-President Barack Obama.

Prior to her commencement successful politics, she obtained her Master’s grade successful governmental communications astatine Johns Hopkins University, according to her LinkedIn profile.

“Creative. Strategic. Bold,” her LinkedIn bio reads.

Vanity Fair was first to study Etienne’s departure, which is described arsenic coming aft “a raft of stories connected infighting and debased morale successful the vice president’s office” this week.

CNN past week reported increasing tensions successful the West Wing arsenic a fig of Harris unit members consciousness that she is not being “adequately prepared oregon positioned, and alternatively is being sidelined.”

The Epoch Times has been incapable to verify specified reports.

The alleged exit besides comes conscionable days aft Harris saw her support ratings driblet to 28 percent, 10 percent beneath that of President Joe Biden’s, arsenic per a Suffolk/USA Today poll. The aforesaid canvass showed that 51 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Harris is doing portion 21 percent are undecided.

Harris faced disapproval for failing to visit the U.S.-Mexico borderline earlier this twelvemonth astatine a clip erstwhile amerciable immigration surged to unprecedented levels. She aboriginal visited a Border Patrol presumption successful El Paso, Texas, and told reporters, “It’s not my archetypal trip, I’ve been to the borderline galore times,” referring to trips she made to the borderline erstwhile she was a California lawmaker.

The vice president has besides been noticeably absent from the spotlight since taking up her relation astir 11 months ago, adding further speculation that she is being sidelined.

But speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos connected Thursday, Harris defended her occupation show portion besides attempting to quash rumors of fraught tensions successful the administration.

“This was a bully week, and this week, erstwhile we got this Bipartisan Infrastructure Act passed and signed by the president, makes a connection astir each of the hard enactment that has gone into it, period aft period aft month. I’ve traveled astir the country, arsenic has the president,” Harris said.

“We person convened members of Congress, we person convened radical astir our nation, asking, ‘what bash you want?’ And this is simply a effect to what they want. And it’s really going to deed the crushed successful a mode that is going to person nonstop interaction connected the American people. We’re getting things done, and we’re doing it together.”

The vice president besides denied that she feels “misused oregon underused” successful her relation and insisted she is, “very, precise excited astir the enactment that we person accomplished. But I americium besides absolutely, perfectly clear-eyed that determination is simply a batch much to do, and we’re gonna get it done.”

Meanwhile, the White House has besides dismissed reports of rising tensions this week, calling Harris a “key partner” and a “bold leader.”

“The president selected the vice president because—to service arsenic his moving mate—because helium felt she was precisely the idiosyncratic helium wanted to person by his broadside to govern the country,” White House property caput Jen Psaki told reporters astatine a White House briefing connected Monday.

“She is simply a cardinal partner, she’s a bold leader, and she is idiosyncratic who has taken connected incredibly important assignments, whether it is addressing the basal causes of migration astatine the Northern Triangle oregon taking connected a halfway origin of ideology successful voting rights,” Psaki continued.

“There’s been a batch of reports retired determination and they don’t bespeak his presumption oregon our acquisition with the vice president,” she added.

Katabella Roberts

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Katabella Roberts is simply a newsman presently based successful Turkey. She covers quality and concern for The Epoch Times, focusing chiefly connected the United States.