White House communications Director Kate Bedingfield was initially set to step down at the end July. President Joe Biden asked her to remain on the job.
Bedingfield planned to step down in order “to spend more time with her husband and young children,” the White House originally said in early July. According to NBC News, Biden and White House Chief Of Staff Ron Klain requested that she stay, which she eventually agreed to,
Bedingfield reportedly emailed colleagues, noting that her new decision was “awesome”, but also “admittedly late-minute,” Mike Memoli of NBC News tweeted.
“The work is too crucial and too energizing, and I still have plenty of gas in my tank,” Bedingfield wrote in an email.
Bedingfield, in email to colleagues, said she was excited about this “awesome — if admittedly last-minute! — development. … The work is too important and too energizing and I have a lot of gas left in the tank.”
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) July 29, 2022
Bedingfield has been Biden’s communications director for three years. Prior to that, she served on his 2020 presidential campaign as his deputy campaign manager. (RELATED: ‘Needs A New Comms Director’: White House Reporters Furious Over Delayed Communication)
Bedingfield would have been the latest in a long list of administration officials who have left the White House this year. While many of the departures are from Vice President Kamala Harris, notable Biden-related names include Jen Psaki (ex-White House press secretary) and Cedric Richmond (ex-senior advisor).
The Daily Caller reached out to the White House for clarification but they did not respond immediately.