Two senior staff members are latest in string of White House departures

The Daily Wire reported this week that two major figures within the Biden White House have decided to step down. 

One of them is Trey Baker, who will leave the administration on Monday to begin a new job at the law firm Barnes & Thornburg.

Barker served as senior White House adviser for public engagement. According to Bloomberg, Barker functioned “as a conduit between the White House and the president’s African-American base.”

Interesting past

The website quoted controversial race activist Rev. Al Sharpton as saying that Barker “was the real connection between civil-rights leadership, the White House and the campaign.”

Sharpton added that Barker “had to handle some hot potatoes” during Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, a reference to the deadly riots which broke out following George Floyd’s death.

The other person to depart is Stephen Goepfert, who is the first openly gay individual to serve as a president’s personal aid. The Daily Wire stated that he is set to start a new position a the Department of Transportation.

CNN reported that the president addressed Goepfert’s departure in a statement released on Tuesday, declaring, “From the campaign to the White House, Stephen Goepfert has been by my side.”

“In moments big, small, and extraordinary, he’s been a trusted and loyal confidant who everyone counts on and who always delivers,” Biden stressed.

“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.”

Staff exodus continues

The Daily Wire noted that the resignation of Baker and Goepfert is only the latest in a stream of departures that the Biden administration has had to contend with.

In an article published earlier this week, the Daily Mail detailed how White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Assistant White House Press Secretary Vedant Patel, White House Rapid Response Director Mike Gwin, Press Assistant Michael Kikukawa, and White House Press Office Chief of Staff Amanda Finney have all left in recent months.

Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris has become a veritable revolving door, with senior speechwriting director Meghan Groob becoming the latest to go.

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