Kate Bedingfield, the White House Communications Director, is set to leave her role at the end of February. She has been a part of President Biden’s team since his inauguration and has been a key figure in defending the administration against its growing classified document scandal. She will be replaced by Ben LaBolt, a former Obama White House press official and the first openly gay White House Communications Director.
WH announced another longtime Biden aide Kate Bedingfield will depart her role as Communication Director (again) at the end of the month ahead of President Biden expected 2024 campaign launch
Bedingfield will be replaced by Ben LaBolt, a former Obama WH press official pic.twitter.com/9Xo3LUiX93
— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) February 10, 2023
The recent departure of Bedingfield follows that of Ron Klain, who stepped down as Chief of Staff after two years on the job. Klain is being replaced by Jeff Zients, who previously oversaw the administration’s coronavirus pandemic response.
CNN: “The FBI searched President Biden's former think tank office.. in November.. were any additional classified documents found as a result of that search?”
White House Communications Director: “That’s not something I can comment on from here..”
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) January 31, 2023
Kate Bedingfield, who has served as White House Communications Director since President Biden's inauguration, will leave the White House at the end of February and will be replaced by Ben LaBolt. LaBolt's making history as the first openly gay White House communications director.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 10, 2023
Bedingfield’s exit from the White House comes after a difficult few weeks for the Communications Director. During an interview with CNN, Bedingfield was asked if any additional classified documents were found as a result of the FBI’s search of President Biden’s former think tank office in November. To this, Bedingfield responded that she was unable to comment on the matter.
The White House has yet to comment on Bedingfield’s departure or LaBolt’s appointment. However, it is expected that LaBolt will be taking on the role in preparation for President Biden’s 2024 campaign launch.
It is clear that the White House is undergoing some major changes as it prepares for the future. With the departure of Bedingfield and the appointment of LaBolt, it is evident that the Biden administration is looking to make some significant changes to its communications strategy. It will be interesting to see how LaBolt will handle the role and how his appointment will affect the White House’s communication strategy going forward.
The White House has yet to make an official statement regarding Bedingfield’s departure or LaBolt’s appointment. However, it is clear that these changes are part of a larger shift in the Biden administration’s communication strategy. As the White House continues to make changes to its staff and approach, it will be interesting to see how these changes will affect President Biden’s 2024 campaign launch and beyond.
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