White House Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh is making a "sacrifice" in leaving her post and moving to a nonprofit political group that aims to boost President Donald Trump's agenda, following last week's failed attempt to repeal Obamacare.
Walsh was one of the few women holding a senior role in the Trump White House and was seen as a strong force for organization, though some Trump loyalists viewed her with suspicion because of her roots in the Republican establishment. Why was Walsh so unpopular in the Trump White House?
Another White House official said Walsh is not suspected of being the leaker in that case.
According to Associated Press, White House officials said legislators were being pressured by outside groups that opposed the bill, with no push-back from existing Trump organisations. Bannon said she had to convince him to let her leave.
Walsh had been the Republican National Committee's chief of staff under White House Chief of Staff Priebus during his time as RNC chairman, and she was one of the staffers he personally brought into the White House.
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Where Walsh is going, she'll find even more former campaign workers: America First Policies, which has been labeled "an embarrassment" by one political insider who spoke to Politico.
It is unclear what the departure means for Priebus, whom some have blamed for Trump's early failures, including the collapse of the GOP health care plan.
Politico first reported Walsh's planned departure.
Just this week, the family expected to be its principal funders, the Mercer family of NY, defected to a rival nonprofit, Making America Great.