Trump Staff Member Quits 10 Days After Being Hired
Donald Trump faced another setback with an abrupt resignation of the recently hired director of surrogates after being on the job for less than two weeks.
Kevin Kellems submitted his resignation just 10 days after the campaign announced the hire on June 21. His resignation was accompanied with a letter that was shared by staffers and reported by the New York Times.
“While brief, it has been an interesting experience, and am proud of the contributions made through our early-phase project endeavors,” said Kellems, who was adviser to Newt Gingrich’s 2012 Presidential Campaign and Vice President Dick Cheney’s Communications Director.
“Also have enjoyed meeting some fine and dedicated individuals throughout the organization. Look forward to running across several of you going forward,” Kellems added.
Erica Freeman, another member of staff on the Trump campaign in charge of surrogates, also resigned Thursday.
She has been in the campaign since April and was caught in the crossfire early in June when she issued an email ordering surrogates to stop talking about Judge Gonzalo Curiel and Trump University.
Trump contradicted her in a phone call to Bloomberg Politics saying: “Take that order and throw it the hell out,” and denying that he knew Freeman.
The resignations come on the heels of the Trump campaign announcing that they were parting ways with Digital Consultant Vincent Harris less than a week after hiring him.
Harris, however, contends that his firm was not fired, and was instead a subcontractor that had finished the creative projects.
We were not fired. We completed our various creative projects…I wish all involved good things! have reflected & learned from this commotion
— Vincent Harris (@VincentHarris) June 30, 2016
The Trump campaign has been in a transition since the firing of former Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski on June 20 after months of conflict about the direction of the campaign with Chief Strategist Paul Manafort.
The Trump campaign announced on July 1 the hiring of Kellyanne Conway as senior advisor to the campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and as a member of the national polling team being led by Tony Fabrizio.
Earlier this week, they announced that they hired three other members of staff:
Michael Abboud, formerly of the Republican National Committee, as a communications coordinator; Alan Cobb, formerly a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, will take on the role of director of coalitions; Jason Miller, a former staff member for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, will serve as senior communications adviser.