WASHINGTON, DC – Merely one day after Vice President Kamala Harris’ communications director announced that she’d be leaving to pursue other endeavors, President Joe Biden’s communications chief announced their resignation.
This serves as another instance of White House staffers presumably jumping ship after reports continue to circulate brewing disdain between Biden and Harris.
Earlier in November, we at Red Voice Media reported on the announced departure of Harris Communications Director Ashley Etienne, who had claimed that they were moving on to “other opportunities.”
Etienne had previously stated that she’d intended to stay with the Biden administration for at least the first year – but clearly, she decided to skate out of there a bit early. At the same time, rumors of tensions between Biden and Harris circulated.
Come November 19th, Biden Communications Chief Emma Riley took to Twitter to announce her departure from the Biden administration as well.
“It was an honor and privilege to serve POTUS and the American people at the White House. I’m excited to be moving down Pennsylvania Ave and traveling around the country with [Department of Labor] Secretary Marty Walsh.”
— Emma Riley (@ERiley46) November 19, 2021
While these two recent departures are certainly just that – only two people from a relatively robust administration, it is rather odd that both the president’s and vice president’s staffers in charge of communications decide to announce their decisions to leave the administration one day apart from each other.
In the days that followed, the rumors of tensions between Biden and Harris were being reported. Still, prior to either of the two’s communications officials announcing their intent to leave the administration, the White House Press Secretary issued a statement on November 14th proclaiming that all is well between Harris 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.”
But clearly, something is awry, or else there wouldn’t be two communications officials deciding that now is the best time to leave their positions at the White House.
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