According to reports, Kamala Harris’ Communications Director Ashley Etienne is making an exit from the current administration this December, with her reportedly pursuing “other opportunities.” The announcement of said departure comes after reports – from none other than CNN – that tensions are brewing between Harris and Biden.
In an article from Vanity Fair, contributor Abigail Tracy wrote that Harris’ Communications Director had personally told her she’d stick around for the first year of the administration – which technically would’ve wrapped in late January – but acknowledged that the announced departure comes amid issues between Harris and Biden.
“Vice President Kamala Harris’s communications chief Ashley Etienne is leaving the White House,” the article said. “A veteran of the Barack Obama administration and a former senior adviser to both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, Etienne transitioned to Harris’s team in the weeks following the 2020 election.
“When Etienne joined the vice president’s office she told me she would stay for the first year, but still her departure comes after a raft of stories on infighting and low morale in the vice president’s office.”
On November 14th, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki issued a statement via Twitter in defense of Harris following the CNN report that alleged issues were cropping up in the White House between the Vice President and Biden.
“For anyone who needs to hear it. [Harris] is not only a vital partner to [Biden] but a bold leader who has taken on key, important challenges facing the country—from voting rights to addressing root causes of migration to expanding broadband.”
For anyone who needs to hear it. @VP is not only a vital partner to @POTUS but a bold leader who has taken on key, important challenges facing the country—from voting rights to addressing root causes of migration to expanding broadband.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) November 15, 2021
One area to consider that may have somewhat influenced Communications Director Etienne’s and Harris’ alleged rift with Biden is her approval rating, which was last reported as sitting at around 28%. To put that number into perspective, the 1995 movie “Showgirls” has a higher approval rating (in terms of audience score at 37%) on Rotten Tomatoes.
Days following the scathing CNN report about White House drama between the president and VP, Fox News Congressional reporter Chad Pergram was informed by a source he should become familiar with “the confirmation process just not in the Senate but the House for a vice president,” alluding to a possible shakeup in the vice presidency.