Another Two Bite The Dust: More Staffers Are Leaving The White House

on January 22, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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The mass exodus from the White House continues as two more staffers make plans to leave the front lines of the Trump administration.

According to a Thursday Wall Street Journal report, Legislative Director Marc Short may leave as soon as this summer, citing the “diminishing returns” of pushing for Trump’s agenda. Kelly Love, White House senior assistant press secretary, is bolting for the energy department, per Bloomberg.

Short reportedly told Chief of Staff John Kelly his intentions before the United States-North Korea summit, citing the preponderance of leaks as an impetus for his departure.

Short has been with the administration since inauguration day after working for Vice President Mike Pence during the campaign. Per the Wall Street Journal, a rumored contender to fill his spot is Shahira Knight, deputy director of the National Economic Council.

Love has likewise been with team Trump for a long time, having handled press for Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump during the campaign. Per Bloomberg, she plans to leave the communications staff on Friday.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reportedly commented on Love’s departure on Thursday. “She has been a valued member of the press team since day one of the administration,” she said. “She will be promoted to the Department of Energy as principal deputy press secretary, allowing her to focus on issues she oversaw here at the White House.”

These departures are the latest in a long line of fleeing staff, forcing the high-turnover administration to take such measures as recruiting for usually highly-coveted positions at a Capitol Hill job fair.

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