Jason Miller, the combative spokesperson for the Trump transition team who was just named to a White House communications post, will not be taking the job.
According to The Hill, Miller, who is expecting a child with his wife next month, said that he was backing out of the job in order to spend more time with his family. “After spending this week with my family, the most amount of time I have been able to spend with them since March 2015, it is clear they need to be my top priority right now and this is not the right time to start a new job as demanding as White House Communications Director,” Miller said in a statement.
“My wife and I are also excited about the arrival of our second daughter in January, and I need to put them in front of my career.”
Miller said that he would stay on through the transition and that Sean Spicer, the incoming White House Press Secretary, would take over his responsibilities as communications director. The transition team had just announced Spicer and Miller’s White House appointments on Thursday, which signals that Miller’s departure was completely unexpected. Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino also were named to top communications posts.
Miller started out the election season on Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s team as an adviser. He then moved to Trump’s campaign after Cruz suspended his campaign, serving as Trump’s senior communications adviser, frequently duking it out on cable news programs with hosts and guests alike.