Communications director for VP Harris announces resignation

Recent reports have suggested there is a growing rift between the camps of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris polls show both of them with plummeting approval ratings.

Now, one of the vice president’s top aides has confirmed her resignation and intention to leave the office next month.

Etienne steps down

According to the Washington Examiner, Harris communications director Ashley Etienne’s decision was confirmed by the Biden administration — but without any mention of the possible motivations behind the move.

“Ashley is a valued member of the Vice President’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official told Fox News. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”

Prior to her current role, Etienne twice served as communications director for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) with a break in between during which she served on former President Barack Obama’s White House communications team.

It remains unclear what “other opportunities” she hopes to pursue, but some critics assume her exit is in some way linked to reports of discord within the vice president’s office.

Allegations have been swirling in recent months of a dysfunctional work environment as well as a feud with the president’s team.

Approval ratings continue spiraling

Among the rumors that have made their way throughout D.C. involves Biden’s possible plan to replace Harris at some point ahead of the 2024 presidential election cycle.

Etienne’s impending resignation comes as Harris sees her popularity wane with an approval rating as low as 28% in a recent poll.

That number might be an outlier, though even the RealClearPolitics average of polls shows her with a favorability rating of just over 40%.

Of course, the president’s numbers are not much better, meaning Eiteinne might not be the only top Biden administration aide to jump from what many onlookers believe is a sinking ship.

Over the course of the past six months, one survey showed that Biden’s approval on the topic of COVID-19 had dropped by 15 points while public support for his immigration policies was seven points lower. On the important issue of the nation’s economy, Biden received support from just 36% of respondents.

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