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VP Pence spokesperson Alyssa Farah is new Pentagon press secretary

Vice President Mike Pence departs Roanoke, Virginia, en route to Pennsylvania, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)
August 15, 2019

The press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence will soon be serving as the next press secretary for the Department of Defense.

“After 2 unforgettable years at the White House with the @VP [Vice President Mike Pence], I’m honored to head to @DeptofDefense [Department of Defense] to serve as Press Secretary on behalf of @EsperDoD [Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper] & the incredible men & women of our Armed Forces. I look forward to joining the team helmed by @ChiefPentSpox [Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Rath Hoffman],” Alyssa Farah announced on Twitter Wednesday.

Hoffman, the current chief spokesman at the Pentagon, will continue in that capacity, CBS News reported Wednesday.

Farah worked as the communications director for the House Freedom Caucus before serving as Pence’s press secretary, and later communications director, for nearly two years.

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She will work in the Pentagon under Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who was recently confirmed 90-8 by the Senate for the role on July 23.

He is the first confirmed for the position after former Defense Secretary James Mattis departed in January.

This development comes as a growing concern over the transparency of the Trump Administration, which has held fewer press briefings in recent months, according to The Hill.

The Department of Defense held only one on-camera briefing to take reporters’ questions from the Pentagon podium in the last year, CBS News reported.

It is not clear who will replace Farah’s role in Pence’s office and his office has seen a number of resignations recently.

After turning down a role to be the West Wing chief of staff, Pence’s former chief of staff Nick Ayers resigned in December 2018, CNN reported.

Additionally, Jarrod Agen, Pence’s former communications director, resigned in June for a position at Lockheed Martin, which is when Farah added the title to her role in Pence’s office.

Pence’s director of media affairs also left the same month to become the director of communications at the e-cigarette company, Juul.