White House Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh is making a "sacrifice" in leaving her post and moving to a nonprofit political group that aims to boost President Donald Trump's agenda, following last week's failed attempt to repeal Obamacare.
The Trump administration can't legally coordinate with these groups but Walsh's presence will signal to donors that here's a blessed place to park their cash.
A senior White House official insisted that Walsh was "not being fired".
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at a Thursday news briefing that Walsh is the only senior official now slated to leave the administration. Her departure means the loss of a key Priebus ally at the White House as well as one of its highest-ranking women.
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Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh was suspected of "leaking all the time" to journalists, one White House official told DailyMail.com on Thursday, an hour after West Wing sources confirmed her departure to multiple news outlets.
As White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus's senior deputy, she performed numerous duties that are traditionally the province of her boss while he played a more strategic role.
Another source close to the White House said the decision for Walsh to leave and join the outside group was jointly made by Priebus, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
Just this week, the family expected to be its principal funders, the Mercer family of NY, defected to a rival nonprofit, Making America Great.