Reports: Trump Aide Boris Epshteyn To Leave White House Position

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Boris Epshteyn, special assistant to President Donald Trump and assistant communications director for surrogate operations, is expected to leave his job in the White House, according to several reports.

Politico first reported news of Epshteyn’s departure on Saturday, citing multiple unnamed sources close to the administration. He is expected to take another role in Trump’s administration.

“We are discussing opportunities within the Administration,” an unnamed senior administration official told Politico by email.

The White House did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.

CNN also reported Epshteyn’s move, citing two unnamed senior administration officials.

The New York Times reported, citing an unnamed source briefed on the discussions, that Epshteyn’s departure was not “an acrimonious situation” and came at both his and the administration’s behest.

Epshteyn was responsible for booking White House officials and surrogates on news networks, with whom he became increasingly combative, according to two unnamed sources familiar with his tenure cited in the New York Times’ report.

Politico reported earlier in March that Epshteyn had a contentious exchange with a booker for Fox News, a network typically sympathetic to Trump and his administration.

Epshteyn was also reportedly responsible for writing the White House’s statement commemorating International Holocaust Memorial Day that omitted any mention of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, which white nationalist Richard Spencer praised for its “de-Judification” of the subject.

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