A second high-level staffer is departing Vice President Kamala Harris' office amid reports of internal tensions and alleged frustration that President Joe Biden is not positioning her well for a presidential run.
No announcement has been made on whether Sanders has lined up another job, sparking questions over the circumstances surrounding her departure.
Her announced departure follows that of Harris communications director Ashley Etienne, who is also leaving this month 'to pursue other opportunities,' according to the White House.
Harris in recent weeks has battled mounting reports that her office is in disarray, and that her team is frustrated at being handed 'no-win' tasks that don't suit her skillset, such as tackling the 'root causes' of migration behind the recent border crisis.
Symone Sanders, Harris' senior advisor and chief spokesperson, will leave the White House by the end of the this month, according to a new report
Harris in recent weeks has battled mounting reports that her office is in disarray, and that her team is frustrated at being handed 'no-win' tasks that don't suit her skillset
Sanders traveled frequently with Harris and as a senior advisor helped her juggle a daunting portfolio including the migrant issue and push for a sweeping federal overhaul of election laws.
Harris has suffered plunging approval ratings since taking office, threatening what would normally be an easy path to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2028, or 2024 if Biden decides not to seek re-election at age 81.
Amid the turbulence, Sanders has been Harris' top bulldog defender, batting back at claims of internal disarray and tension with the West Wing.
Last month, Sanders was the first to respond to a detailed CNN report in which Harris aides complained that she has been set up to fail, and handed a portfolio that is not commensurate with her historic status as the first woman, and first woman of color, to hold the vice president's office.
'They're consistently sending her out there on losing issues in the wrong situations for her skill set,' said a former high-level Harris aide in the bombshell report.
Sanders fired back in a statement: 'It is unfortunate that after a productive trip to France in which we