White House deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin is stepping down, leaving behind another hole in the senior ranks of the West Wing.
Hagin, who also served in the Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations, is expected to depart next month.
“Joe Hagin has been a huge asset to my administration,” President Donald Trump said in a statement. “He planned and executed the longest and one of the most historic foreign trips ever made by a President, and he did it all perfectly. We will miss him in the office and even more on the road. I am thankful for his remarkable service to our great country.”
Hagin, who played a central role in planning Trump’s summit in Singapore last week with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, is one of the most experienced aides in a White House that has often had trouble attracting top-tier political operatives.
Hagin’s departure will leave chief of staff John Kelly with just one deputy: former Microsoft and General Motors executive Chris Liddell, who is responsible for coordinating policy.