Chief of staff for press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders set to leave White House

Another White House staffer announced that he was leaving the West Wing on Sunday. Johnny DeStefano, who was chief of staff for press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is the latest casualty of recent weeks…

Chief of staff for press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders set to leave White House

Another White House staffer announced that he was leaving the West Wing on Sunday. Johnny DeStefano, who was chief of staff for press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is the latest casualty of recent weeks of controversy for the Trump administration, in which a series of West Wing staff have left the administration amid reports of a chaotic administration.

DeStefano is the sixth senior West Wing staffer to depart in the last few weeks. Among the departures: Communications Director Hope Hicks and Gary Cohn, the former director of the National Economic Council.

Hicks’s exit came after a tumultuous stretch in which she seemed to take on the additional role of chief of staff for Sanders. Hicks’s staff was seen as poorly trained for work in the White House; others were unceremoniously moved out of their White House jobs.

Hicks reportedly clashed with deStefano, chief of staff for communications director Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was recently promoted from a relatively minor role. DeStefano, along with Sanders and other senior aides, was said to not think that Trump should have asked Hicks to serve as a liaison with foreign governments — a role that had been open for several months, and which Hicks had played for several years.

In his note on Sunday, deStefano attributed his departure to family reasons, saying that “it has been an incredible honor and privilege to serve the President and the country.” He served as Sanders’s press secretary since January 2017. In a statement, Sanders thanked deStefano “for his passion, dedication and hard work.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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