Get ready for another staff shakeup in the White House. A new report from Politico on Friday suggests as the president returns from his 13-day Asia trip, deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn will be reassigned to the Commerce Department or another federal agency.
Dearborn made headlines in August when CNN reported about an email he sent during the campaign to establish a meeting with Russia leader Vladimir Putin.
Dearborn, who has helped organize the president’s schedule, has slowly given up his duties to Chief of Staff John Kelly. The White House hasn’t confirmed the move.
Politico also reports Kelly will replace his deputy Kirstjen Nielsen who, if confirmed, will fill his old role as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Nielsen would then be replaced by Jim Carroll, a lawyer in the White House counsel’s office.
The potential shake-ups are part of Kelly’s efforts to revamp what has been a tumultuous year inside the White House, fraught with infighting.
John Kelly in his White House role