The Trump administration* has been having a difficult time hanging on to staffers, whether they leave on their own, or if they’re pushed through the revolving door at the White House. It’s not clear why exactly, but White House aide Steven Cheung left the communications staff on Friday, according to what people familiar with his departure told Politico.
Cheung, who was a special assistant to the president* and director of rapid response, was one of the last remaining campaign-era Trump aides still working at the White House.
“Steven has been a part of Trump world for over 700 days,” said Bryan Lanza, a former Trump campaign aide. “He deserves a gold watch.”
He sure does. Cheung lasted quite a few Scaramuccis, the latter of which lasted five-days as White House communications director for Trump, marking his stint last year as the shortest time in that job since the position was created almost five decades ago.
Lanza recalled to Politico surviving the 2016 Republican National Convention with Cheung, at a time when the communications staff was still just a shoestring operation while trying to figure out Trump’s combative relationship with the press.
“There was no onboarding,” Lanza said. “It was a hurricane that disrupted both of our lives and changed the rules of how we understood the media.”
Cheung kept a low profile after joining the communications team unlike many of his colleagues.
Hope Charlotte Hicks, a close ally and friend of Trump’s served as the White House Communications Director from August 2017 until March 29, 2018. That’s probably one of the longest stints for any Trump administration* employee.
The White House hasn’t commented on this latest departure. The list of those who have exited the White House is extremely long. But, even if some of them were fired (some were), it’s better to get out now than to be tied to this toxic administration forever. It just doesn’t look good on a résumé.
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