Another White House official will soon depart from President Joe Biden’s administration, according to a report by The Daily Wire.
Trey Baker, a senior adviser at the White House for public engagement, oversaw the administration’s efforts to court Black voters, a significant portion of the president’s base, during the 2020 election.
According to Bloomberg, he also served as a liaison between the White House and Biden’s Black constituency.
Baker was one of the president’s longest-serving aides, according to The Daily Wire, and will be working for the law firm Barnes & Thornburg.
“He had to handle some hot potatoes,” Reverend Al Sharpton, a famed civil rights leader, said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg, referring to the race-related riots following the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.
“Trey was the real connection between civil-rights leadership, the White House and the campaign,” Sharpton said.
The information was released just before word spread that Biden’s bodyguard and personal assistant, Stephen Goepfert, would leave the White House at the end of the week to join the Department of Transportation.
“From the campaign to the White House, Stephen Goepfert has been by my side,” Biden said in a statement, CNN reported.
“In moments big, small, and extraordinary, he’s been a trusted and loyal confidant who everyone counts on and who always delivers,” Biden said.
“Jill and I will miss Stephen, but we’re proud that he will continue to serve the American people in his new role in the Biden-Harris administration as he continues his career in public service.”
Goepfert, who served as Biden’s first openly gay personal aide, was referred to as a “key cog” on Biden’s team by CNN.
He has likely spent more time by the president’s side than any other White House aide since his 2020 presidential campaign.