Joe Hagin — the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and the man who was tasked with salvaging preparations for the Singapore summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un after the first round of planning imploded — will be leaving the administration next month according to CNN.
Hagin is an experienced official who held the same position under President George W. Bush. He intends to return to the private sector and his departure marks a wealth of institutional knowledge hemorrhaging from a White House notoriously full of amateurs and ignoramuses.
It appears that Hagin believes his work is done now that the summit has concluded, though it’s unclear why given the fact that nothing concrete or substantial has yet to emerge from the much-publicized event. Trump and the North Korean dictator signed a joint statement, but it contained no specific details and no timetable, leading many to believe it was nothing more than a glorified PR stunt.
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At the same time, Hagin could hardly choose a better time to leave the Trump administration. National outrage is currently building over the policy decision to kidnap the children of undocumented immigrants and lock them in concentration camps while the parents are criminally processed and, in many cases, sent home without their children.
Anyone attached to this odious regime will find their legacy irredeemably stained and in a more just world those directly responsible for the policy would end up being prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
Even if he’s not involved in the separating of families, Hagin will likely find he is better off leaving before he becomes forever associated with an administration that will in time become a metonymous term for state cruelty.
JUST IN: Joe Hagin, the White House official who orchestrated logistics for the summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will depart the administration next month, according to officials https://t.co/xDW3I7GpkI pic.twitter.com/rzGjsSuco6
— CNN (@CNN) June 19, 2018