Another WH Comms Staffer Flees, as the Press Corps Loses Its Patience

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We’ve noted what a sorry state the White House communications department has been in recently. Maybe the one thing that has been communicated amidst all their spin and conflict within the White House is that Joe Biden is a mess, and they can’t seem to get their stories straight on what he means.


So, I can’t imagine what it must be like to work for such a debacle of an administration. As we noted, some are now heading for the exits including Assistant Press Secretary Vedant Patel (going to the State Department), Press Office Chief of Staff Amanda Finney (going to the Energy Department), and White House Rapid Response Director Mike Gwin (going to the Treasury Department).

But now, on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre not only gave Mike Gwin recognition in a sendoff, but she also announced that yet another staffer would be heading for the hills, as well.

“On a sad note, our dear friend and colleague Michael Gwin will be leaving us for Treasury, where he will serve as deputy assistant secretary for Public Affairs,” Jean-Pierre said. “Gwin has served as the White House director of Rapid Response for the past 16 months, responding to the most challenging and difficult issues imaginable. Yet amidst these often emotionally wrenching stories, Gwin’s poise and moral clarity are unfailing, and his willingness and ability to step up has made him an indispensable member of the team.”

“And joining Gwin at the Treasury Department will be our very own Michael Kikukawa, where he will serve as a spokesperson,” she continued. “Michael, better known here to all of you, to all of us, as Kiku, has served not just as a press assistant, but as the strong engine and reliable engine at the press shop. His relentless work ethic and dedication to the mission of this team have been second to none.”


All that was on top of the former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki heading out the door in May, for her new job at MSDNC.

Our brethren over at Townhall wished a hearty farewell and won’t miss you to Gwin.

Back in December, Townhall outlined how Gwin flagged stories and videos from Townhall that cast Biden and his administration in an accurate, but negative light, urging “independent” fact-checkers to launch biased attacks against our coverage.

Gwin’s next job will be deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the Treasury Department, whatever that means.

They note it doesn’t exactly look like a move upward.

It looks like the ship is sinking fast, and people are heading for the lifeboats as quickly as they can scamper, both literally and figuratively.

On Tuesday, Jean Pierre delivered this ridiculous remark — “What we’re trying to say, what I’m trying to say to you, is that the economy is in a better place than it has been historically.”


Better than what? The middle of the depression? Does anyone take these people seriously anymore, with these kinds of responses?

But then she beat it for the door, after only 10 minutes, ticking off the White House press corps.

You could hear at least one reporter saying, “Guys, we need a longer briefing.” Even they have had enough with all this.


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