White House bans staff from talking at Democratic convention

July 4, 2016 9:30 am

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama

The has prohibited cabinet members from speaking at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
White
House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough issued a directive, warning
cabinet members about speaking at the event, set to be held at the Wells
Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25th-28th, the Hill
reported Monday.
McDonough said
the White House was trying to “send a signal about the primacy of the
Obama administration’s responsibility to manage the government and serve
the American people.”
The
administration of President Barack Obama seems to be fighting the
appearance that it is favoring former Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, once a cabinet member herself.
According
to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, the ban is “an effort to
delineate as clearly as possible the public, official governing
responsibilities we have at the White House, and separate that from
.”
The prohibition
comes as some of the cabinet members are among the presumed democratic
nominee’s vice presidential picks, including Labor Secretary Thomas
Perez and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

US
President Barack Obama (R) walks with Democratic presidential candidate
Bernie Sanders through the Colonnade for a meeting in the Oval Office
on June 9, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP)

After
meeting with Clinton’s rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, at the
White House early in June, the US president officially endorsed Clinton.
Clinton
managed to win the party’s nomination by grabbing 2,811 delegates,
while Sanders only took 1,879 and could not reach the 2,383 needed.
“I know how hard this job can be, that is why I know Hillary would be so good at it,” Obama said.

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