BREAKING: Top Trump Administration Official Just RESIGNED- Here’s What We Know

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A top aide to President Donald Trump said she is leaving his administration to join a pro-Trump outside group, America First Policies.

Two senior White House officials said Thursday that Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh is leaving her job.

Walsh has been Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’s top lieutenant for years now, working as his right hand both at the Republican National Committee and now at the White House.

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Despite her low profile, she has become a key player in the administration’s inner circle and has grown close to the president in recent months.

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It is unclear what the departure means for Priebus, whom some have blamed for Trump’s early failures, including the collapse of the GOP health care plan.

Walsh, who served under Priebus at the Republican National Committee, the Trump campaign and the White House, will be a senior adviser to America First Policies. The group is run by Trump’s former data and digital director Brad Parscale.

Priebus and other White House officials stressed that Walsh was the one who decided to leave the administration.

“She’s the vital link that pulls things together,” said Trump’s senior strategist Steve Bannon. Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner added: “I’m very supportive of Katie and the sacrifices she’s making” by leaving the White House.

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Despite her low profile, Walsh has become a key player in the administration’s inner circle and has grown close to the president in recent months.

America First Policies has been off to a slow start since its founding and has been focused mostly on raising money and assembling a leadership team alongside Trump’s 2016 digital and data director, Brad Parscale. The group has also been roiled by organizational challenges. One of its co-founders, Rick Gates, left last week amid renewed reports about his firm’s past work on behalf of Russian clients.

Before serving as chief of staff at the RNC, Walsh worked on a number of political campaigns, including Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid in 2008. A St. Louis native, she started working in politics as a student.

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