She arrived, departed, and then returned. It’s confusing? On the verge of quitting her job as White House communications director, Kate Bedingfield has changed her mind at the last minute.
After serving as communications director for then-vice president Joe Biden, Bedingfield had previously stated that she would depart at the conclusion of July, after years of assisting him.
She also served as Biden’s deputy campaign manager and director of communications for his 2020 bid.
After White House press secretary Jen Psaki also resigned, it was reported that Bedingfield would also be leaving.
But earlier this week, she reversed her decision after receiving pressure from Biden and Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
“After much consideration, debate, and reflection, I’ve made the difficult decision to continue here,” Bedingfield informed her team of workers in an email on Friday, according to CNN and the New York Times. “I’m not finished yet; there’s still so much more good work to be done with all of you.”
“This is fantastic, if somewhat last-minute! — development,” she went on. “The job is too vital and invigorating, and I have plenty of gasoline left in the tank.”
Klain praised Bedingfield’s work as White House communications director.
“Without Kate Bedingfield’s talent and tenacity, Donald Trump may still be president, the Rescue Plan, and the Infrastructure Law may still be unfulfilled objectives, and Ketanji Brown Jackson might not be on the Supreme Court,” Klain said.
When she was Biden’s point person on the issue of Hunter Biden’s corrupt ties to Ukraine’s energy firm Burisma, praise for Bedingfield defied her performance.
During the 2020 election, she blatantly lied about the truth about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
She argued before a presidential debate that questions about Hunter Biden’s corruption were merely “amplifying Russian lies.”