For weeks now, the embattled administration has been beset by infighting, leaks and unforced errors. In last week’s White House press briefing, press secretary Sarah Sanders provided some of the most scathing barbs the press corps has heard in her brief tenure.
So the news that communications director, Perino’s temporary replacement, Dan Scavino, will be going to Instagram to take over will probably be welcomed by Trump’s critics on social media.
But Perino, who is playing a central role in the current staff reshuffle, is yet to step down from her role.
She said she had “no plans” to leave the administration and was “here for the long haul.”
Media reports said Perino is taking a key position with the national Republican Party and was taking a leave of absence to return to Capitol Hill.
In a statement, Perino said it was an honor to serve President Trump and the country and said she was excited to return to Capitol Hill.
“For two years, I have had the privilege to work alongside one of the most gifted communicators in the country and for a President who demanded excellence in every aspect of his job,” Perino said.
“I am so grateful for all of the loyalty, kindness, and energy I have received from all of you over the past two years, and I am excited to return to the halls of Congress as I work hard to support those who seek to serve this great nation.”
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