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"Great resignation" reaches White House with staff turnover: report

U.S. President Joe Biden leaves the White House in Washington, D.C., the United States, Feb. 10, 2022. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)

Still, the turnover, particularly within senior ranks, pales in comparison to the turbulent first year of President Donald Trump, who hired and dismissed staff at a record pace.

NEW YORK, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The Joe Biden administration is undergoing a period of unusually high staff turnover as the U.S. president nears 18 months in office, reported The Associated Press on Thursday.

"Long hours, low morale and relatively low pay are taking a toll on both the ranks of the senior staff and the more numerous junior aides who keep the White House functioning," said the report.

The swiftness of the change has been stark: two-thirds of the White House press shop, much of the COVID-19 response team, two of the deputy counsels to the president, and even the staffer who manages the White House Twitter account are all leaving within a few weeks of each other, according to the report.

"Still, the turnover, particularly within senior ranks, pales in comparison to the turbulent first year of President Donald Trump, who hired and dismissed staff at a record pace," said the report.

Biden aides insist the departures are not tied to the president's low poll numbers, but instead reflect a natural transition for staffers - some of whom also toiled long hours on the campaign - looking to improve their quality of life, it added. ■