The news is out: [FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn has ousted his top spokesperson after only two weeks on the job, following unhappiness with the agency’s communications strategy. The move sets up a potential fight with the White House, according to four individuals with knowledge of the decision.
“Effectively immediately, Emily Miller will no longer serve the FDA as the assistant commissioner for media affairs and will no longer be the official spokesperson for the agency,” Hahn wrote in an email to senior leaders on Friday that was shared with POLITICO. “I will appoint someone to an acting role in that position in the interim.”
Hahn officially removed Miller, a fellow Trump appointee, from her post on Friday morning, ending a tenure that was marked by infighting and a damaging controversy this week over the FDA’s emergency authorization of convalescent plasma as a Covid-19 treatment.
It’s unclear whether Miller will leave the administration altogether or be reassigned elsewhere, although FDA moved swiftly to remove her name and photo from the agency’s Twitter account. Two individuals cautioned that Hahn’s decision still awaits sign-off from the White House personnel office, which helped hire Miller in consultation with Michael Caputo, the top HHS spokesperson and longtime Republican political operative.]
The FDA, like all other government agencies, is like teats on a bull; useless.