Despite ongoing legal challenges from President Donald Trump and his team, the media has declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential race — and it seems some in the White House are already planning their next steps.
The Washington Examiner reported Thursday that White House communications director Alyssa Farah has tendered her resignation. It remains unclear when her last day will be.
While the Examiner described the move as “another sign that top West Wing officials are recognizing defeat even as President Trump refuses to concede the 2020 contest,” reports indicate that Farah was planning to step down after the election regardless of the results of the race.
At just 31 years old, Farah is believed to be the first person to ever work in three distinct roles within a single presidential administration; she initially served as Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary before transitioning to the role of Defense Department press secretary in 2019 — the youngest ever to hold that position. She ascended to the role of White House communications director in April of this year.
“The honor of a lifetime”
In a statement, Farah said she would “be leaving the White House to pursue new opportunities” after “three and a half incredible years,” the Examiner reported.
“It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve in the Trump Administration over the last [three] and a half years,” she added in a thread of tweets posted Thursday.
“I am deeply proud of the incredible things we were able to accomplish to make our country stronger, safer, and more secure,” Farah continued. “The ISIS caliphate was destroyed, American hostages were returned, NATO is strong, we’ve brokered historic [Middle] East peace deals, [and] I was on the ground in Kabul for the announcement of a historic peace deal between the Afghan [government and the] Taliban aimed at ending America’s longest war.”
According to the Examiner, Farah also touted the Trump administration’s delivery of “historic tax cuts, putting money back into the pockets of hard working Americans,” and Trump’s moves to rebuild “the judiciary with Constitution-abiding independent jurists.”
“Finally, I’m honored to have worked with the entire team on Operation Warp Speed who helped usher in a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in record time that will save countless thousands of lives,” she concluded. “I’m forever grateful to have had the opportunity to serve my country.”
In response to the news that Farah would be leaving the White House communications team, President Trump signaled that he wished her well. “A great person who did a fantastic job. Thank you Alyssa!” he wrote in a tweet.
The Hill reports that Farah intends to launch her own consulting firm that will be focused on the two areas she has the most experience with: communications and defense. However, the outlet cited other reports that indicated Farah has been in contact with a variety of TV agents in recent weeks, perhaps in order to find another job until she can get her own firm up and running.
Making the rounds at the White House ahead of her departure, Farah gave a light-hearted goodbye to colleagues. “Don’t be strangers,” she told her staff, according to the Washington Examiner.