Now look, I don’t know Andy Hemming and it looks like they’re going to try and spin this as a “mutual decision”, which it may very well have been, but I can’t help but think it’s a bad sign when the person in charge of “spotting and distributing positive stories from the mainstream media” about the President abruptly exits.
As Politico reports, White House rapid-response director Andy Hemming left his job on Monday for greener pastures in what’s being described as an “agreed upon” split.
Earlier this month, Politico profiled Hemming’s position as follows:
The White House director of rapid response, Andy Hemming, 31, spends his days immersed in cable television, Twitter, print and online media to suss out positive stories about Trump, which he blasts back out to his list of more than 1,000 influencers — mainly reporters, but also television talking heads — who together craft the overall story of Trump’s presidency.
Yes, Hemming “spends his days immersed in cable television, Twitter, print and online media to suss out positive stories about Trump” – so basically, Hemming has (or had) the same job as the President himself.
Amusingly, Trump tweeted this just a day after Politico ran their original piece:
Poor Andy. That kind limits your options, know what I mean?
Despite being hamstrung by the fact that there is literally no good news to report and thus no good news for Hemming to “suss out,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders – who Politico quotes in the above-mentioned profile piece – swears things were going great.
“Andy does an incredible job of finding the hidden gems and trying to amplify those positive messages,” she said, apparently oblivious to the fact that calling them “hidden gems” doesn’t say anything good about the situation.
She continued: “He’s quick, and I would say he has a very good pulse on what’s hot, but also on what wasn’t hot but should be.”
And while Sanders now insists that everyone involved has decided that “Andy can best help promote the president’s agenda on the outside,” another source tells Politico that Hemming “now plans to take a vacation and then explore future opportunities.”
Right. “Future opportunities” that we can only assume do not include positions where the job description involves tracking down animals that are rarely seen in the wild: positive media stories about Trump.
We’ll leave you with one last quote, this one from former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller, who worked with Hemming last year in the Trump Tower “war room”:
There’s so much good news that’s coming out of this administration, that we have to continue pushing all of these positive messages ourselves to remind people there’s a lot going on.