Anonymous White House official admits Biden aides are ‘tapped out’ after a long few years as president faces a shakeup of staff before the midterms
- White House aides are leaving the administration before the fall midterms as one top official said that many staffers are simply ‘tapped out’
- The Hill Newspaper reported Thursday on the burnout being felt inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
- Biden has faced multiple crises during his 17 months in office including a pandemic, a war, rising inflation and a baby formula shortage
- ‘It’s been a long few years,’ an official told the Hill. ‘The burnout is real. It might not be the ideal time to leave with everything going on, but it’s the right time’
White House aides are leaving the administration before the fall midterms as one top official said that many staffers are simply ‘tapped out.’
The Hill Newspaper reported Thursday on the burnout being felt inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., as President Joe Biden has had to deal with a pandemic, a war, rising inflation, a baby formula shortage, among other things, after 17 months in office, and for some staff, a year or more on the campaign trail.
‘It’s been a long few years,’ the official told the Hill. ‘The burnout is real. It might not be the ideal time to leave with everything going on, but it’s the right time.’
The ‘burnout’ is real, a senior White House official told the Hill, as President Joe Biden (pictured) has had to deal with a pandemic, a war, rising inflation and a baby formula shortage
This week, White House counsel Dana Remus (center) said she would be moving on next month
The source explained it’s better to get out in the early summer months before campaigning for the fall midterms begins in earnest.
‘And then you’re really locked in,’ the official told the newspaper.
There have already been a handful of high-profile departures like White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond, who moved over to the Democratic National Committee.
This week, White House counsel Dana Remus said she would be moving on next month.
She’ll be replaced by her No. 2, Stuart Delery, who was the No. 3 at the Justice Department during the Obama administration.
A number of aides in the White House press shop left to go to other corners of the government around the time of Psaki’s exit including Amanda Finney, Michael Gwin, Michael Kikukawa and Vedant Patel.
And there’s going to be at least one high-profile addition.
Former Atlanta Mayor Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will join the West Wing, taking Richmond’s place as a senior adviser for public engagement, Axios first reported.
Additionally, Biden’s inner circle of advisers – Steve Ricchetti, Mike Donilon, Jen O’Malley Dillon, Kate Bedingfield and Chief of Staff Ron Klain – remain in place.
And there’s been nowhere near the kind of turnover at the Biden White House than there was during the Trump administration.
Still, one Democratic source warned the Hill that it could be harmful if there’s the impression there’s an exodus.
‘It doesn’t look good,’ the Democrat said. ‘The perception from the outside is that it’s not the place you want to be. There’s a lot of finger-pointing going around right now. It doesn’t seem like it’s humming the way it should be.’