WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - White House senior assistant press secretary Kelly Love plans to leave her job for a position in the Department of Energy, becoming the latest in a series of aides to depart amid a reshuffle of President Donald Trump's press team.
Ms Love's last day in her job will be Friday (June 15).
Some Trump communications aides have been shown the door, some have been assisted in finding posts elsewhere within the administration, and some left to escape the stress and intensity of working for Mr Trump, people familiar with the situation said.
Ms Love handled media questions related to agriculture, energy, legislative affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department, among other agencies. During the presidential campaign, she handled media for Mr Donald Trump Jr, Ms Ivanka Trump and Mr Eric Trump.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Thursday that Ms Love "has been a valued member of the press team since day one of the administration. She will be promoted to the Department of Energy as principal deputy press secretary, allowing her to focus on issues she oversaw here at the White House".
CBS News reported on Wednesday that Ms Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah were both planning to depart.
Ms Sanders did not deny the report that she has told friends she plans to leave by the end of the year, but said at the daily press briefing on Thursday that "CBS got a little ahead of their skis" and that she loves her job.
Ms Kelly Sadler, a communications staffer who worked with outside allies who speak for the administration on TV, left the White House earlier this month after a confrontation in the Oval Office reported by Axios about who was responsible for leaks.
The White House's director of rapid response, Mr Steven Cheung, left last week. Mr Cliff Sims, a messaging strategist left the White House in mid May for a role at the State Department, while White House's director of congressional communications Kaelan Dorr left in late May.