Harris communications director to depart next month

Vice President Harris Communications Director, Ashley etienneAshley Etienne Kamala Harris Inauguration Is Historic Milestone Biden Hires Senior Hoyer Staff Member to Join Administration Communication Team Biden Announces All-Female White House Communications Team MORE, will leave his post in the White House next month, an official confirmed to The Hill on Thursday.

“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official said in a statement. “She will be leaving the office in December to look for other opportunities.”

His departure comes in the wake of multiple reports of frustration about how Harris is being used in the Biden administration. Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign was marred by personnel problems and he eventually withdrew from the race before the Iowa caucus.

Etienne joined the vice president’s office when Harris took office in January. She previously served as the communications director for Speaker Nancy pelosiNancy Pelosi Senate Advances Defense Bill After On The Money Delay: Biden Alerts Oil Industry (D-Calif.) And he worked in the Obama administration before that.

The vice president’s office did not respond to a question about when Etienne decided to leave the job, but Vanity Fair reported that it preceded a CNN report released Sunday that suggested there was a rift between Harris’ allies and some in the West Wing.

Another Politico report released earlier this week suggested that Harris’s performance as vice president so far had not scared off other Democrats who might consider running for president in 2024 if President BidenJoe Biden Florida Republicans Vote To Limit Vaccine Mandates Bill Honoring 13 Service Members Killed In Afghanistan Heads To Biden’s Desk Overnight Defense And Homeland Security – Presented By Boeing – Pentagon Promises More Transparency In air strikes MORE refuses to search for another term.

Multiple White House officials have come to Harris’s defense this week, praising the vice president as a trusted advisor to Biden and someone with significant responsibilities on challenging issues like voting rights and root causes of migration.

Harris over the weekend returned from a multi-day trip to Paris, which was generally considered a success when he met with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronHarris Commemorates 2015 Paris Attack With Flowers Harris Says She And Macron Didn’t Discuss Sub-Deal That Caused Hillicon Valley Rupture – Biden Signs Telecoms Security Bill MORE and delivered remarks at the Paris Peace Forum calling on nations to focus on equity.

White House Press Secretary Jen psakiJen Psaki Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Southern Company – Native Solar Startups See Business as Activism Psaki: Sexism Contributes to Some Criticism of Harris Arkansas Opens Boosters to All Adults MORE she argued Wednesday that some of Harris’s critical coverage is based on the fact that she is the first woman and the first woman of color to serve as vice president.

“It’s a lot to have on your shoulders,” Psaki said.


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