The extreme turnover inside Vice President Kamala Harris’ office continued Monday.
Her office announced that Harris’ deputy chief of staff, Michael Fuchs, will soon resign from the Biden administration — the latest of numerous high-profile staffers to leave Harris’ service.
Fuchs’ resignation was first announced by Reuters, which obtained an internal memo from the White House.
The vice president’s office has been described as “dysfunctional” and “toxic” by insiders, and her team is struggling to control the bleeding of talent.
In the past few months, Harris has watched her high-profile aides like Communications Director Ashley Etienne, Chief Spokesperson Symone D. Sanders, Deputy Director of Public Engagement Vince Evans, Press Operations Director Peter Velz, and Director of Speechwriting Kate Childs Graham all quit.
In total, Harris has lost eleven key aides since taking office last year.
It had reportedly gotten so bad in the vice president’s office that President Joe Biden had to intervene and threaten Harris’ staff if they kept leaking negative stories to the mainstream media.
After her controversial trip to Guatemala last year, Biden warned that if “he found that any of them was stirring up negative stories about the vice president, Biden said, they would quickly be former staff.”
The president hasn’t been immune, of course. Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, announced late last week that she was leaving her job and joining MSNBC. The White House coronavirus response coordinated, Jeff Zients, and their spokeswoman for the National Security Council, Emily Horne, also both recently quit the Biden administration.
In his resignation announcement, Fuchs did not mention the reason for his departure.
“It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve in this administration, working for the Vice President and President on behalf of the American people,” Fuchs’ email read, according to Reuters.
“Fifteen months later, it’s almost difficult to recall the magnitude of the challenges we faced when we came in, from an unprecedented pandemic to historically difficult economic circumstances,” he said. “And it is thanks to the work of this administration – and all of you – that our country has had such success in tackling these challenges and turning things around,”
Fuchs said he won’t leave his position until May to ensure a “smooth transition.”
The White House confirmed Fuchs’ departure to the New York Post.
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“The Vice President is grateful for Michael’s tireless work, leadership, and the many miles he traveled domestically and internationally as we lifted up families and strengthened relationships with allies abroad,” Harris’ new communications director, Jamal Simmons, told the Post.
“Our entire team will miss Michael as he begins this next chapter.”
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