Vice President Kamala Harris’s communications director Ashley Etienne is stepping down in December to “pursue other options” amid reports of White House clashes and Harris struggling to find a foothold.
The news was first reported by Vanity Fair Thursday and later confirmed by CBS News and Bloomberg News.
NEW: A WH official confirms @VP Kamala Harris’s Comms Director Ashley Etienne is leaving her office in December to “pursue other options.”
– Tim Perry (@ tperry518) November 18, 2021
The news of Etienne’s departure follows a CNN report revealing that the relationship between Harris and President Joe Biden has begun to erupt.
Worn out of what they look like anchored dysfunction and lack of focus, key West Wing assistants have largely thrown up by Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff – decide that there is simply no time to deal with them right now, ” CNN reported.
“Many in the Vice President’s circle say she is not being adequately prepared or placed, and instead is put on the sidelines,” the establishment media added. “The vice president herself has told several confidants that she feels limited in what she is capable of doing politically.”
Shortly after the CNN story broke, top officials from Biden fought to crack down on the reporting with a full defense of Harris.
“For all who need to hear it, the Vice President is not only a vital partner for the President, but a bold leader who has taken on important, vital challenges facing the country – from the right to vote to addressing the root causes. to migration to expand broadband, ”tweeted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
Earlier Thursday, Harris personally weighed in on reports of her performance, stating that she does not feel “abused or underused” by the president and is proud of what the couple has achieved so far.
“I am very, very excited about the work we have done, but I am also fully, absolutely aware that there is much more to do and we will get it done,” she told ABC News. Good morning America.