United States President Joe Biden’s senior adviser Cedric Richmond plans to leave his post in the coming weeks, according to sources familiar with the decision.
Richmond is expected to join the private sector and potentially advise the Democratic National Committee, which has not established a close relationship with the White House, ahead of the midterm elections.
Richmond has informed Biden of his intentions. They played golf together on April 24 on Delaware.
Richmond has publicly said that he would only step down from his position as the director of the Office of Public Engagement if Biden asked him to.
The New York Times first reported the details of Richmond’s to step down.
Richmond’s friends said that he wants to spend more time with his family in New Orleans and to earn more than the $180,000 salary cap for White House aides, NBC News reported.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not confirm if Richmond was planning on leaving, but she hinted on a new position.
“I have nothing to announce at this point, but I can assure you when we have something to announce, it will involve a new important role for Cedric Richmond and something the president is excited about and has asked him to do,” Psaki said at a press briefing on April 25.
The details of Richmond’s expected departure comes amid several personnel changes within the White House and the Biden administration.
White House officials are bracing for Republicans to potentially take over the Congress.
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