Just two days ago Jason Miller, who had served as Donald Trump’s senior communications adviser since July, was named as the White House communications director for the new administration. But today he issued a statement that he will not be joining the WH staff after all, citing family reasons.
“After spending this past week with my family, the most amount of time I have been able to spend with them since March 2015, it is clear they need to be my top priority right now and this is not the right time to start a new job as demanding as White House communications director,” Miller said. “My wife and I are also excited about the arrival of our second daughter in January, and I need to put them in front of my career.”
“My wife and I are also excited about the arrival of our second daughter in January, and I need to put them in front of my career. I look forward to continuing to support the President-elect from outside after my work on the Transition concludes.”
Miller was previously an adviser for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign and worked as a consultant with Jamestown Associates.
Sean Spicer, who was recently named White House press secretary, will take over Miller’s duties and the title of communications director.
In an industry where the hours and travel are brutal but a requirement to advance, Miller’s commitment to his young, growing family is heartwarming. Hopefully he will be blessed for having his priorities in order.
UPDATE: Mediaite is reporting that Miller’s colleague, AJ Delgado, deleted her Twitter account after posting “cryptic tweets” about Miller.
The tweets read: “When you try to put on a brave face and tweet about nonsense to distract, your feed looks like [Jason Miller]’s.” Then, “When people need to resign graciously and refuse to, it’s a bit… spooky.”
Shawn McDonald, an apparent Harvard Law classmate of Delgado’s, replied to one of her tweets asking what she was talking about.
Delgado’s account had been deleted by the time the above screenshot was taken, but a screenshot of her reply surfaced, where she replied (before Miller’s resignation announcement was public) that she was talking about Miller.
McDonald then tweeted CNN and Fox News, telling them to “#digdeeper.”
And is stating “family reasons” isn’t the reason why, and that there’s much more to the story.
Whatever the reasons may be, it has to be extremely difficult for all involved to have such a personal story in the public eye on Christmas Eve.