First major shakeup rocks Trump's White House

AFP | President Donald Trump's deputy chief of staff is leaving her post, a senior USA official said Thursday, in a significant White House shake-up after a series of political setbacks.

A White House official who insisted on anonymity to discuss a personnel move said Walsh had accepted a position with an outside organization but declined to identify the group. Why was Walsh so unpopular in the Trump White House?

Walsh is expected to serve as an adviser to both pro-Trump nonprofit, America First, and the RNC, according to Politico. She and her billionaire father, Bob Mercer, were among the first deep-pocketed Republicans to back Trump's White House bid and have close ties to top White House aide Stephen Bannon.

It is unclear what the departure means for Preibus, whom some have blamed for Trump's early failures, including the collapse of the GOP health care plan.


White House press secretary Sean Spicer said no more White House staff changes are planned at this time.

Another White House official said Walsh is not suspected of being the leaker in that case. It has sputtered in the opening months of its presidency, having done no television advertising on behalf of Trump's Supreme Court nomination, and only began spending to prevent the White House's embarrassing defeat over Obamacare on the final day of the weeks-long debate.

Speaking with reporters, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Thursday the White House had no "air cover" from the group, and said "no one can fix this problem better than Katie Walsh".

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