Vice President Kamala Harris confirmed Friday that her main domestic policy adviser would be leaving the veep’s service next month — as a new report said Harris’ chief speechwriter was also departing after fewer than four months in the job.

Politico, citing two people familiar with the matter, reported that Meghan Groob — whose hiring was announced April 4 — was on her way out as Harris’ director of speechwriting. The report did not give a reason for Groob’s departure, nor did it say when her last day would be.

Like her boss, President Biden, Harris has struggled when it comes to making speeches or responding to questions, with her comments often derided as “word salad.”

Earlier this month, for example, Harris was mocked when she repeated the word “seriously” while giving remarks at the site of a mass shooting in Highland Park, Ill.

“We got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are – because you have been forced to have to take it seriously,” she said at the time.

Meanwhile, Rohini Kosoglu, one of the few holdovers from Harris’ time in the Senate, will depart in August to spend more time with her family, a White House official confirmed to The Post.

“She has been a leader who has worked with the Vice President to elevate some of the most important policy priorities to the forefront of the conversation – from maternal health, to reproductive rights,” the official said. 

Kamala Harris
The Biden administration has seen its share of turnover since taking office.
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In a statement, Harris called Kosoglu “a brilliant and trust[ed] leader” who had “brought vision, strategic judgment, and a depth of experience as our Administration has addressed some of the most urgent challenges facing our nation.

“She is an exceptional public servant and I am enormously grateful for her service,” Harris added. “Rohini will remain a valued advisor [sic] and friend.” 

The exits of Groob and Kosoglu mean that at least 13 key staffers have left the VP’s team in as many months, including chief of staff Tina Flournoy, chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh, deputy chief of staff Michael Fuchs, communications director Ashley Etienne, director of digital strategies Rajun Kaur, director of advance Karly Satkowiak, deputy director of advance Gabrielle DeFranceschi, director of press operations Peter Velz, deputy director of public engagement Vince Evans, speechwriting director Kate Childs Graham — who Groob was hired to replace — and national security adviser Nancy McEldowney.

Amid the departures, Harris has come under a flurry of accusations from former aides who claimed the vice president is an office “bully” with a “soul-destroying” management style.

Rohini Kosoglu
Rohini Kosoglu intends to leave in August to be with family.

Kosoglu, 38, insisted to the Washington Post that her departure should not be seen as reflective of the instability around Harris.

“It’s been six years, and she understands that my family’s very much looking forward to this time, and that I will always be here should she need any trusted information or counsel,” she told the outlet. “Even through this time period, she’s been an invaluable source of support and guidance to me to come to this decision.”

As Biden’s approval ratings slump to new lows and the wisdom of him running for reelection is openly questioned, the White House press and communication shop has also seen a raft of departures.

After Jen Psaki left her position as press secretary in May, three top deputies opted for other gigs in the executive branch.

Last week, the White House also announced communications director Kate Bedingfield would be stepping down to “spend more time with her husband and young children.” 

Administration officials have shrugged off the high turnover, describing it as common for this point in a president’s term – particularly if the departing staffers were part of the presidential campaign.



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