Chief of staff Ron Klain confirmed to CNN that White House communications director Kate Bedingfield is stepping down in the next few weeks. Without Kate Bedingfield, Donald Trump would still be president, the Rescue Plan, and the Infrastructure Law would still be unfulfilled goals, and Ketanji Brown Jackson would not be sitting on the Supreme Court,” Klain said in her statement.
“She has played a major part in everything the President has accomplished—from his second term as Vice President, through the campaign, and since he entered the White House.”
Her strategic insight, strong loyalty to the President’s agenda, and ferocious labor on his behalf are unequaled. A key actor in advancing Biden’s agenda “from the outside,” she will continue to be important.
Her departure from the company is set for the summer of this year, according to a source familiar with the issue. Klain was the first person to get official notice of Bedingfield’s intention to leave the White House, but she had been debating the move for several weeks.
“Kate Bedingfield was a staunch defender of the President long before we launched the campaign and ensured that our message in 2020 and the White House was aligned with his voice and ideas,” said Anita Dunn, a top Biden aide.
In telling the tale of Joe Biden’s struggle for American working families, her leadership was vital. “It doesn’t matter how much time she spends with her own family, she’ll always be an integral part of ours.
Former Vice President Joe Biden aide Liz Allen served as Obama’s deputy communications director throughout his presidency and is widely considered a strong candidate to succeed Bedingfield in her current role. While working with Kamala Harris, she also had to deal with Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick. A position at the State Department has been made available to her at the time of this writing.
No one seems to know who Bedingfield’s successor will be quite yet. After announcing that Bedingfield would be leaving his inner circle, President Trump is looking to strengthen his team ahead of the midterm elections. A number of mid-level staffers have moved up to higher-profile positions in the administration, including longtime adviser Dunn, who recently returned to the West Wing on a full-time basis.
White House staffing cuts come as the White House is dealing with surging inflation, the crisis in Ukraine, and dismal approval ratings for the President, all as House and Senate Republicans are looking for methods to retake control of the House and Senate in the November elections.
Biden has known Bedingfield for many years through her different political positions over the last decade. His White House deputy director of media affairs and the director of the reaction worked with him in the administration.
Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign recognized her as a crucial player, with her role as deputy campaign manager and communications director.
The position of press secretary passed to Karine Jean-Pierre after Jen Psaki’s resignation. Aside from Jean-absence, Pierre’s Bedingfield would occasionally hold briefings.
She previously worked for the Motion Picture Association of America as vice president of corporate communications. Bedingfield also served as a spokesperson for John Edwards’ presidential campaign in 2008 and as the director of communications for Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Senate campaign in New Hampshire in 2008.