To top off its historic list of achievements, the Biden White House is now breaking another record this month as it becomes the most resigned workplace in Washington D.C. After just over a year, the Biden administration oversaw more than a 15% decrease in the total number of White House staff. When comparing this with previous administrations, the Obama White House saw 4% and the Trump White House had just 1% staff reduction in the first year.
Adding her name to this growing list is Biden’s long time-advisor and the current White House communication director, Kate Bedingfield who announced her resignation just before the November mid-term elections.
Bedingfield has worked with Joe Biden for a long time. She is a top Biden staffer dating back to Biden’s second term as Vice President under Barack Obama. She was also Biden’s deputy campaign manager for the Biden 2020 election bid.
“She has played a huge role in everything the President has achieved – from his second term as Vice President, through the campaign, and since coming to the White House,” Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain said in a statement.
Bedingfield started working with this administration from the very first day of Biden’s presidency.
“Without Kate Bedingfield’s talent and tenacity, Donald Trump might still be in the White House, the Rescue Plan and the Infrastructure Law might still be unrealized goals, and Ketanji Brown Jackson might not be sitting on the Supreme Court,” Klain added to his statement.
Bedingfield, just like many of her colleagues, suddenly felt the need to resign and desire more “family time” just ahead of the mid-term elections. According to the administration, she will continue to counsel the White House from outside Pennsylvania Avenue.
“Her strategic acumen, intense devotion to the President’s agenda, and fierce work on his behalf are unmatched,” Klain wrote. “She will continue to remain a critical player in moving the Biden agenda forward from the outside,” the statement added.
This surprise resignation comes as Joe Biden is dealing with an all-time low approval rating throughout polls and as even officials from his own party are finding ways to distance themselves from the administration.
Recently, other Biden top staffers like Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, and Deputy Communications Director, Pili Tobar announced that they are stepping down just before the mid-term elections.
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