Communications director for President Kamala Harris Ashley Etienne will be leaving her post with the VP’s office in December of 2021 according to a report in Breitbart News.
The publication reported that a statement regarding the resignation indicated Etienne is looking to “pursue other opportunities” while reports of White House infighting swirl.
Harris has struggled with reports of staffing issues since the start of her career as the Vice President in January of this year.
According to reports in Vanity Fair Thursday, and what was later confirmed by CBS News and Bloomberg News, the Vice President has struggled to find her footing since taking office.
CNN reported on the VP, saying that she reportedly has a strained relationship between Harris and President Joe Biden and that has its own struggle for the VP.
“Worn out by what they see as entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus, key West Wing aides have largely thrown up their hands at Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff — deciding there simply isn’t time to deal with them right now,” CNN reported.
“Many in the vice president’s circle fume that she’s not being adequately prepared or positioned, and instead is being sidelined,” the left-leaning media outlet added. “The vice president herself has told several confidants she feels constrained in what she’s able to do politically.”
Whether or not that was the reason for the communications officer’s departure from the VP’s office is as yet unknown, however, CNN continued in their reporting, saying that Biden officials were looking to do away with the rumors about problems between the executive branch members, offering a defense of Harris:
“For anyone who needs to hear it, the Vice President is not only a vital partner to the president 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,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted.