Politico reports this morning that Andy Hemming, White House Director of rapid response, has left his job today.
According to sources familiar with the story, the departure was “mutually agreed upon”, and Hemming now plans to take a vacation before finding a new job.
Hemming’s job involved trawling through various media platforms looking for stories that spoke positively about President Donald Trump and his administration. After identifying a good story or talking point, Hemming would share it with “influencers”, mainly media figures, who would shape the public rhetoric surrounding the Trump presidency.
It is a sweet irony that Trump has to employ someone to nitpick the “fake News media” for slithers of positivity while simultaneously lambasting it simply for the negative coverage its been giving his administration.
Hemming has declined to comment about his departure and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said in a statement that it was a “[m]utual decision that he could best help promote the president’s agenda on the outside. Andy is smart and very talented and we wish him all the best.”
Hemming has spent his career as a Republican operative and joined the Trump campaign in the final 100 days of the election. Associates tell of how Hemming often worked behind-the-scenes to find good stories.
In fact, nobody in the White House knew of Hemming’s efforts since, at first, his attempts to email pro-Trump stories to so many different people were blocked by the White House IT system’s firewall.
Trump’s administration thinks Hemming was good in his role, Press Secretary Sanders saying he did “an incredible job of finding those hidden gems and trying to amplify those positive messages.”
Hemming is the latest member of Trump’s communication staff to leave the office, following quickly in the footsteps of former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and former communication director Anthony Scaramucci.
Hopefully we’ll get some more details of Hemming’s departure soon, but it’s a funny coincidence that the minute Trump is at odds with the likes of Breitbart, Fox, and Infowars the guy in charge of finding positive stories about him leaves the White House.
His job must have become impossible.