Report: Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin Leaving White House

Joe Hagin
Alex Brandon/AP

Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Joe Hagin is reportedly leaving his role at the White House after President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un meet next week.

The Senior White House official has been in a Southeast Asian city-state over the past week, finalizing everything from venue location to security concerns held by North Korea leadership.

A former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Hagin is currently in Singapore organizing logistics for the high stakes U.S.-North Korea summit.

The Bush loyalist reportedly wants the number two job at the CIA.

“Several weeks ago, some Trump loyalists began circulating a meme that showed a red, white and blue campaign banner with the names of Hagin and John DeStefano, an assistant to the president and a close Hagin ally. It read: ‘Hagin-DeStefano: Make America Bush Again,'” the Washington Post reports.

Hagin’s by-the-book style when it comes to operations approvals has ruffled feathers at the White House, particularly staffers inside first lady Melania Trump’s office.

“Joe sticks to the rules,” a Hagin ally told the Post.

“This White House doesn’t like that. … They say, ‘we’re going to make America great again. Get out of our way’.”


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