WASHINGTON (Fwrd Axis) — White House communications director Kate Bedingfield will depart her role, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain confirmed to FWRD AXIS News on Wednesday.
Bedingfield reportedly has been weighing the decision to leave the White House for weeks and she will officially leave sometime during the summer.
“Without Kate Bedingfield’s talent and tenacity, Donald Trump might still be in the White House, the Rescue Plan and the Infrastructure Law might still be unrealized goals, and Ketanji Brown Jackson might not be sitting on the Supreme Court, Klain said in a statement. “She has played a huge role in everything the President has achieved – from his second term as Vice President, through the campaign, and since coming to the White House.
Her strategic acumen, intense devotion to the President’s agenda, and fierce work on his behalf are unmatched. She will continue to remain a critical player in moving the Biden agenda forward from the outside.”
Bedingfield worked on President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, serving as deputy campaign manager and communications director, before taking a role in his administration. She was also a contender for press secretary when Jen Psaki departed, but the role went to Karine Jean-Pierre.
“From long before we launched the campaign, Kate Bedingfield was a fierce defender of the President and ensured that our message in 2020 and in the White House was consistent with his voice and principles,” said White House Senior Adviser Anita Dunn in a statement. “Her leadership helped us tell the story about the fight Joe Biden is making for the working families of America. She’ll always be a core member of this family, even as she takes a little time to put her own family first. We will miss her intelligence, her talent, her sense of humor, and her commitment to the values President Biden fought for as a candidate and fights for every day as president.”
While a successor for Bedingfield was not named, it is thought it will go to Liz Allen, who currently works at the State Department and worked for Biden when he was vice president and was also deputy communications director for former President Barack Obama.
The news comes amid several staffing changes as the White House continues to deal with soaring inflation, a war in Ukraine, and the President’s low approval ratings.