“Deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh said Thursday she decided to make the move after the Trump-backed health care bill failed last week to amass enough support to clear the House. White House officials said lawmakers were being pressured by outside groups that opposed the bill, through voter phone calls and television advertisements, with no pushback from several existing Trump organizations.
“It was abundantly clear that we didn’t have air cover when it came to calls coming into lawmakers,” said White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. “No one can fix this problem better than Katie.”
Walsh, who served under Priebus at the Republican National Committee, the Trump campaign and the White House, will be a senior adviser to America First Policies. The group is run by Trump’s former data and digital director Brad Parscale.
Priebus and other White House officials stressed that Walsh was the one who decided to leave the administration.”