Alyssa Farah, 30, will join the Department of Defense in September, probably the youngest press secretary in the history of the Pentagon after the post remained vacant for eight months
Mike Pence's spokesperson Alyssa Farah will leave the White House at the end of this month to join the Ministry of Defense as a new press secretary.
From September, the 30-year-old will join the Pentagon's press shop in a position that has been vacant since former press secretary Dana W. White retired at the end of 2018.
Farah, whose father controls extreme right-wing conspiracy website WorldNetDaily, is perhaps the youngest press secretary in the history of the Pentagon.
& # 39; After 2 unforgettable years in the White House with the @VP, I am honored to go to @DeptofDefense to serve as press secretary on behalf of @EsperDoD and the incredible men and women of our armed forces, & # 39; Farah posted her personal Twitter account. & # 39; I look forward to joining the team helped by @ ChiefPentSpox & # 39;
By September, the Department of Defense will have been without press secretary for eight months, as the department has also served without chief for seven months after former Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned at the end of December 2018.
Farah's appointment comes less than a month after the newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper took office at the end of July. Former acting secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew his name from consideration in June.
White was both the press secretary and the Pentagon's main spokesperson and served from January 2017 – December 2018 – at the same time that Mattis was Secretary of Defense.
She abruptly left her posts hours for the New Year after revelations that she was investigated by the Inspector General. Staff claimed that they used them to do personal shopping and perform tasks that were not related to their work.
The double position of white is now divided into two.
Jonathan Hoffman took over White's position as main spokesperson in May 2019 and Farah will take over the second part of White's previous job at the Pentagon in September as press secretary.
Farah (right) leaves her post as vice-president Mike Pence after two years at his office
The Pentagon has undergone a lot of transition lately after seven months without having been a Secretary of Defense following the departure of General James Mattis (left) at the end of 2018. His press secretary Dana W. White (right) left his post when he left his
The Pentagon has had an uncomfortable relationship with the media, and in May the department disappeared for a whole year without a press conference. It seems that Esper and Farah are planning to take a different approach.
Farah was known for having a good working relationship with the White House press corps during her time in the Pence office, and says she plans to hold regular briefings when she takes up her position at the Pentagon, the Washington Post reported.
It will fulfill a dual function and also a position as assistant assistant to the defense secretary for media.
Hoffman, the department's main spokesperson, was excited that Farah would hold these positions on the DoD's public affairs team.
& # 39; Her experience working for the vice-president on a number of points – including issues related to national security and national defense – will pass well to the department as our press secretary and strengthen the commitment of the press engagement secretary, & # 39; Hoffman said in a statement.
Farah & # 39; s father, Joseph Farah, is the editor-in-chief of the extreme right-wing conspiracy website WorldNetDaily
Joseph Farah, extreme right-wing journalist and author, launched the WorldNetDaily conservative conspiracy website in 1997 and is currently the site's editor-in-chief.
He has continued theories such as the closer conspiracy, which claims that former President Barack Obama was not born in the US – making him an illegal president.
In April, however, the website announced that the editor had suffered a major stroke and would no longer play a practical role in the site's activities.
The vice-president hired Farah as his press secretary almost two years ago, and has also worked as his communications director for the past six months. She also assisted Pence on foreign and domestic trips as a senior advisor.
As part of the official US delegation, Farah traveled to more than a dozen countries, including the Munich Security Conference 2019, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Singapore in 2018 and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit in Papua New Guinea in 2018.
Before taking up her position within the Trump administration, she worked at Capitol Hill for five years. During her time there, she served as communications director for Republican congressman Mark Meadows and then she was the spokeswoman for the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
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