White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed two more individuals have resigned amid ongoing shake-ups in the White House communications team.
During an announcement on Tuesday, Jean-Pierre confirmed that White House rapid response director Mike Gwin and White House press assistant Michael Kikukawa are leaving to work in the Treasury department. These two resignations are the latest moves that suggest many in the White House are looking to jump ship for greener pastures.
The White House has been anything but peaceful, and with all the political turmoil, there is no end in sight for the massive employee turnover.
Dysfunction and chaos
Jean-Pierre announced the departures, saying, “On a sad note, our dear friend and colleague Michael Gwin will be leaving us for Treasury, where he will serve as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs. Gwin has served as the White House director of rapid response for the past 16 months, responding to the most challenging and difficult issues imaginable. Yet amid these often emotionally wrenching stories, Gwin’s poise and moral clarity are unfailing, and his willingness and ability to step up has made him an indispensable member of the team.”
Jean-Pierre continued by announcing Kikukawa’s departure saying, “And joining Gwin at the Treasury Department will be our very own Michael Kikukawa, where he will serve as a spokesperson. Michael, better known here to all of you, to all of us, as Kiku, has served not just as a press assistant, but as the strong engine and reliable engine at the press shop. His relentless work ethic and dedication to the mission of this team have been second to none.”
Ever since White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki bailed out on the Biden administration, the White House has continued to hemorrhage talent.
Several other individuals have left, and many suspect that it has to do with the impending disaster facing Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections.
No one wants to be on the White House communications team when Democrats possibly lose both the House and the Senate. Better to avoid the inevitable chaos and dysfunction that will no doubt get worse if the elections go as predicted.
Allegations of a toxic work environment have plagued the White House ever since President Biden was sworn into office.
Vice President Kamala Harris’s office has been particularly hard hit as rumors swirl about her terrible workplace environment. No doubt whatever workplace culture exists in the Vice President’s office has spread.
The combination of toxic workplace culture and political chaos adequately explains why so many people are jumping ship for greener pastures. Americans should expect this massive exodus to continue in the coming months.