White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is losing her top deputy in April.
Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters announced that she plans to leave the administration to work in the private sector.
Like Sanders, the deputy press secretary has been with President Donald Trump since the first day of his administration. Walters focused on economic issues for the president, and she was a staunch defender of the GOP’s 2017 tax overhaul and the president’s tariff battle with China.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Walters gracefully announced her upcoming resignation.
“I am humbled to have walked through the halls of history and thankful for my incredible colleagues in the Administration, as well as those in the press,” she wrote.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the President in this Administration. After more than two years in the White House, I will be joining the well-respected team at @EdelmanPR as Vice President, US Public Affairs.
— Lindsay Walters (@LWalters45) February 19, 2019
Walters formerly worked as the Republican National Committee with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. After nearly two years with the White House, she said that it was “time for a change” and is excited to work for Edelman Public Relations, a public relations firm based in Washington.
Walters frequently traveled with the president and was responsible for holding impromptu “press gaggles” aboard Air Force One.
“American workers are seeing more and more job opportunities, with openings reaching their highest level on record,” she said during one of these mid-air briefings in June 2018. “President Trump is fighting for the people of Wisconsin and creating new opportunities for all Americans.”
Fellow administration officials had nothing but compliments for the outgoing deputy press secretary. White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney praised her “savvy, sophistication, and street smarts,” while Sanders said Walters “helped us thrive every day and her steadfastness is matchless.”
The White House press team has been a revolving door of senior communications officials since Trump was elected. Spicer resigned after just six months as press secretary, and his replacement, Anthony Scaramucci, lasted just 10 days on the job.
Walters’ resignation comes amid another reshuffle in the White House communications department. Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah departed after briefly overseeing media communications surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. He was replaced by Hogan Gidley.
Stephen Groves recently moved from the White House counsel’s office to the press team to handle investigations into the White House, presidential nominees, and the Justice Department.
Judd Deere also recently joined communications staff after working as the former director of media affairs. He will cover health care, education, transportation, and housing issues.
According to Sanders, the White House has not yet hired a replacement for Walters.