Recently, the Trump administration reached their first anniversary of being in the White House. In the first year, many staff members and top officials were fired or resigned, as is common for any administration.
In President Trump’s first few months of office, several key people left the administration. After, the commotion in the White House, particularly in the communications department, seemed to calm down a bit. Now, another top official has just announced his departure.
On Tuesday morning, the Washington Times confirmed that White House deputy communications director Josh Raffel is leaving.
Raffel has worked behind the scenes since the beginning of Trump’s time in the White House and has played a particularly important role for White House senior advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Before working in the Trump administration, Raffel was actually a Democrat and supported the candidates on that ticket. Last year, however, he was brought into the Trump administration to run communications for the Office of American Innovation. Shortly after, he became the point person for Ivanka and Jared.
Although his political views sometimes differed, his colleagues had respect for Raffel and said that he was always the person to call when there was a crisis. He also started taking on bigger roles. Recently, he had begun to oversee the communications for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Reportedly, the communications director has been discreetly telling his friends and coworkers about his plans to leave the White House over the past couple of months. He has said that he has plans to pursue work in the private sector.
Axios reported that three senior officials sent in quotes about Raffel’s departure.
Ivanka Trump said, “Josh is honest, passionate and thoughtful. Whether it was offering strategic guidance on the communications for tax reform or a foreign trip, Josh’s guidance was invaluable. The White House won’t be the same without him.”
John Greenblatt said, “Josh was an integral part of our peace team and became a close friend. He guided all of us through the process of communicating serious and complex issues that impact people across the world.”
Gary Cohn said, “Josh has been a trusted partner as we worked to enact the President’s economic agenda and passed historic tax reform. He is focused and thoughtful in our day-to-day operations and in driving a policy roll-out, and he will be missed.”
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