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Pentagon gets press secretary after EIGHT MONTHS as Pence’s 30-year-old spokeswoman heads to DoD

Alyssa Farah, 30, will be joining the Defense Department in September as likely the youngest press secretary in Pentagon history after the post remained vacant for eight months

Alyssa Farah, 30, will be joining the Defense Department in September as likely the youngest press secretary in Pentagon history after the post remained vacant for eight months

Mike Pence‘s spokesperson Alyssa Farah will depart the White House at the end of this month to join the Defense Department as the new press secretary.

Starting in September, the 30-year-old will join the Pentagon’s press shop in a position that has been vacant since former press secretary Dana W. White stepped down at the end of 2018. 

Farah, whose father runs far-right conspiracy theory website WorldNetDaily, may be the youngest press secretary in Pentagon history. 

‘After 2 unforgettable years at the White House with the @VP, I’m honored to head to @DeptofDefense to serve as Press Secretary on behalf of @EsperDoD & the incredible men & women of our Armed Forces,’ Farah posted to her personal Twitter account. ‘I look forward to joining the team helmed by @ChiefPentSpox’  

By September the Defense Department will have gone eight months without a press secretary, as the department also went seven months without a chief after former Defense Secretary James Mattis stepped down at the end of December 2018.

Farah’s appointment comes less than a month after newly confirmed Defense Secretary Mark Esper assumed office at the end of July. Former-acting secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew his name from consideration in June. 

Farah (right) will leave her post as Vice President Mike Pence's spokesperson after two years with his office

Farah (right) will leave her post as Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson after two years with his office

 

Former Defense Secretary General James Mattis

Former Pentagon press secretary Dana W. White

The Pentagon has been going through a lot of transition lately after going seven months without a Defense secretary following General James Mattis’ (left) departure at the end of 2018. His press secretary Dana W. White (right) left her post when he left his

White was both the press secretary and chief spokesperson at the Pentagon, serving from January 2017 – December 2018 – the same period of time Mattis was Defense secretary.

She abruptly left her posts hours before the new year following revelations she was under investigation by the inspector general. Staff alleged she used them to run personal errands and complete tasks not related to their jobs.

White’s dual position will now be split into two.

Jonathan Hoffman took over White’s position as chief spokesperson in May 2019, and Farah will take over in September the second part of White’s former job at the Pentagon as press secretary. 

The Pentagon has had an uneasy relationship with the media, and in May the department had gone a full year without holding a press briefing. It seems Esper and Farah plan to take a different approach.

Farah was known for having a good working relationship with the White House press corps during her time in Pence’s office, and says she plans to hold frequent briefings when she assumes her post at the Pentagon, the Washington Post reported.

She will serve in a dual role, taking on a post as deputy assistant to the defense secretary for media, as well. 

Farah's father, Joseph Farah, is the editor-in-chief of far-right conspiracy website WorldNetDaily

Farah’s father, Joseph Farah, is the editor-in-chief of far-right conspiracy website WorldNetDaily

Hoffman, the department’s chief spokesperson, expressed excitement that Farah would be taking these posts with the public affairs team at the DoD. 

‘Her experience working for the vice president on a range of issues — including national security and national defense issues — will transition well to the department as our press secretary and reinforce the secretary’s commitment to press engagement,’ Hoffman said in a statement.

Joseph Farah, far-right journalist and author, launched conservative conspiracy website WorldNetDaily in 1997 and currently serves as the site’s editor-in-chief.

He has perpetuated theories like the birther conspiracy, which claims former President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. – making him an illegitimate president.

In April, however, the website announced the editor had suffered a severe stroke and would no longer have a hands-on role in the site’s operations.

The vice president hired Farah as his press secretary almost two years ago, and she has also been serving as his communications director for the past six months. She also accompanied Pence on foreign and domestic trips as a senior adviser.

Farah traveled as part of the official U.S. delegation to more than a dozen countries, including the 2019 Munich Security Conference, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Singapore in 2018 and to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit in Papua New Guinea in 2018.

Before assuming her post within the Trump administration, she worked on Capitol Hill for five years. During her time there she served as communications director for Republican Congressman Mark Meadows and after that was the spokeswoman for the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

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