The White House press team is losing two more staffers less than a month after the departure of WH press secretary Jen Psaki who resigned her post to join MSNBC on May 13.
Psaki’s understudy and now-current WH press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made the announcement Tuesday:
“On a sad note, our dear friend and colleague Michael Gwin will be leaving us for Treasury, where he will serve as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs,” Jean-Pierre said. “Gwin has served as the White House director of rapid response for the past 16 months, responding to the most challenging and difficult issues imaginable. Yet amid these often emotionally wrenching stories, Gwin’s poise and moral clarity are unfailing, and his willingness and ability to step up has made him an indispensable member of the team.”
She continued, “And joining Gwin at the Treasury Department will be our very own Michael Kikukawa, where he will serve as a spokesperson,” she continued. “Michael, better known here to all of you, to all of us, as Kiku, has served not just as a press assistant, but as the strong engine and reliable engine at the press shop. His relentless work ethic and dedication to the mission of this team have been second to none.”
The repositioning of Gwin and Kikukawa comes on the heels of another pair of press team resignations.
Last week it was announced that assistant press secretary Vedant Patel was leaving to serve as principal deputy spokesperson at the State Department, and press chief of staff Amanda Finney was leaving for a senior communications post at the Department of Energy.
But that is still nothing compared to the dozen-plus staffers who have left their positions of servitude under Vice President Kamala Harris in as many months.
Even the leftist rag Washington Post had to admit the metaphorical plane crashed into the mountain right after takeoff.
“The rumors started circulating in July: Vice President Harris’s staff was wilting in a dysfunctional and frustrated office, burned out just a few months after her historic swearing-in and pondering exit strategies,” the Post’s report said last December.
Furthermore, more than 20 black staffers administration-wide have resigned their posts – or plan to – in what is being dubbed “Blaxit.”
“They brought in a ton of black people generally to start without ever establishing an infrastructure to retain them or help them be successful,” a black staffer currently working at the White House told Politico. “If there is no clear infrastructure of how to be successful, you become just as invisible in this space than you would be if you were not in it.”
“I have heard about an exodus of black staffers from the White House — ‘Blaxit’ — and I am concerned,” Spencer Overton, president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, told the outlet.
“Black voters accounted for 22 percent of President Biden’s voters in November 2020. It is essential that Black staffers are not only recruited to serve in senior, mid-level and junior White House positions, but are also included in major policy and personnel decisions and have opportunities for advancement,” he said.
While the White House is doing its best to paint the turmoil in the executive branch as a matter of routine turnover, even NBC has pointed to President Biden’s increasing frustration with the press corps in particular and their inability to translate his words into messaging that is not only clear English, but also doesn’t further weaken the tenuous grasp the regime has on foreign policy and major domestic maladies – for which the president can blame himself before his underlings.
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