BREAKING NEWS: White House communications director Alyssa Farah QUITS and becomes first senior Donald Trump aide to tacitly admit defeat – as he keeps up barrage of claims that election was ‘rigged’
- White House communications director Alyssa Farah is resigning from her post
- Move is seen as a tactic admission the President Donald Trump is not returning for a second term
- She is forming her own consulting firm
- Farah joined the White House press shop when Mark Meadows became chief of staff and shook up the communications team
- She worked for Meadows on Capitol Hill and also served as spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence and the Pentagon
She is the most senior member of the administration to depart since the election, which Trump has still not conceded.
Farah took the senior communications job in April 2020 as part of a team new Chief of Staff Mark Meadows brought in to shake up the press shop.
She knew Meadows from when she worked for him on Capitol Hill. In September 2017 she became Vice President Mike Pence‘s press secretary and moved to the Pentagon in two years later to serve as its spokesperson.
White House communications director Alyssa Farah is resigning from her post, the first senior aide to leave since the election
President Donald Trump has refused to concede the contest to President-elect Joe Biden
Farah’s last day is on Friday, and she plans to start a consulting firm focusing on the corporate, political and defense realms, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the news of her departure.
John McEntee, the director of the Office of Presidential Personnel, has reportedly threaten to fire staff if they start looking for their next job after the Trump administration ends on January 20th.
Trump has railed against the election in tweets and in interviews though his own administration has said the 2020 election was the most secure ever. Trump recently allowed his administration to begin the transition over to President-elect Joe Biden, but has still refused to admit he lost.
The issues Trump’s campaign and its allies have pointed to are typical in every election: Problems with signatures, secrecy envelopes and postal marks on mail-in ballots, as well as the potential for a small number of ballots miscast or lost.
But they’ve also requested federal probes into the claims.
Trump excoriated Bill Barr during an Oval Office event Thursday claiming he ‘hasn’t done anything’ to find voter fraud – and the president refused to say if he has confidence is his own attorney general.
‘Ask me that in a number of weeks from now,’ Trump told reporters following the Medal of Freedom Ceremony when asked if he has faith in Barr.
The president’s comments came after Barr said in a Tuesday interview that the Justice Department had not found any evidence of widespread voter fraud, contrary to Trump’s repeated claims that the election was ‘rigged.’
He also insisted when asked if it was time to concede that the DOJ had not looked into the alleged ‘fraud’ enough to make a determination whether there was any or not.
Alyssa Farah took the senior communications job in April 2020 as part of a team new Chief of Staff Mark Meadows brought in to shake up the press shop
‘He hasn’t done anything yet,’ Trump said of Barr. ‘When he looks he’ll see the kind of evidence that right now you are seeing in the Georgia Senate.’
‘They are going through hearings right now in the Senate and they are finding tremendous volumes. So they haven’t looked very hard. Which is a disappointment to be honest,’ he continued.