Hollywood PR Veteran Josh Raffel Leaving White House
"The White House won’t be the same without him," Ivanka Trump said in a statement.
Josh Raffel's time in the White House is coming to an end.
Raffel, who previously ran public relations for Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, entered the White House last year to (officially) handle communications for the Office of American Innovation, an entity created by the Trump administration to reduce federal bureaucracy. (The Hollywood Reporter first reported his new Washington gig.)
He's also been a key advisor to Trump daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, both White House aides.
"Josh is honest, passionate and thoughtful," Ivanka Trump said in a statement to Axios, who broke the story. "Whether it was offering strategic guidance on the communications for tax reform or a foreign trip, Josh's guidance was invaluable. The White House won’t be the same without him.”
Last fall, according to the report, "Raffel was quietly promoted to deputy communications director and began taking a bigger role internally."
Raffel is a veteran of New York-based PR shop Hiltzik Strategies and joined Blumhouse in 2015. He's expected to leave the White House "sometime over the next two months."
Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn also put out a statement congratulating Raffel on his tenure at the White House, which overlapped with Cohn's portfolio. "Josh has been a trusted partner as we worked to enact the President’s economic agenda and passed historic tax reform," Cohn said. "He is focused and thoughtful in our day-to-day operations and in driving a policy roll-out, and he will be missed."