WH Communications Director Resigns In Waning Weeks Of Trump’s Presidency

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah replaces her face mask after talking to reporters outside the West Wing October 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Farah said that the campaign w... WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah replaces her face mask after talking to reporters outside the West Wing October 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Farah said that the campaign wants a second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden but that it would have to be in-person and not virtual. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 3, 2020 6:38 p.m.

White House communications director Alyssa Farah resigned from her position on Thursday, weeks before President Trump’s term will come to a close next month.

Farah’s resignation was first reported by the Washington Post on Thursday afternoon.

Farah began her tenure in the White House by serving as press secretary under Vice President Pence. Farah then served as the press secretary at the Defense Department before returning to the White House as communications director in April.

The Post noted that Farah is the first person to serve in these three roles in one administration, and the youngest Pentagon press secretary.

According to the Post, Farah’s last day as White House communications director is on Friday and that she plans to start a consulting firm focusing on the corporate, political and defense realms.

The Post reported that Farah initially planned to leave before the election.

In a statement shared with TPM on Thursday afternoon, Farah confirmed that after working 3½ years in the Trump administration, she will be leaving to “pursue new opportunities.”

Farah said that serving the Trump administration has been “the honor of a lifetime” and that she is “deeply proud of the incredible things we were able to accomplish to make our country stronger, safer, and more secure.”

Farah touted Trump administration policy priorities, which included combating ISIS, brokering Middle East peace negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan government, and Operation Warp Speed for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“I’m forever grateful to have had the opportunity to serve my country,” Farah said.

Farah’s resignation comes amid Trump’s ongoing refusal to concede and his fruitless legal attempts to delegitimize the election process as he wages baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

On Sunday, Farah reacted to President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement of his women-led communications operation by tweeting that it should be “nonpartisan” to “celebrate women’s advancement.”

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