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White House bans staff from talking at Democratic convention

The White House has prohibited cabinet members from speaking at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough issued a directive, warning cabinet members about speaking at the event, set to be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25th-28th, the Hill reported Monday.

McDonough said the White House was trying to “send a signal about the primacy of the Obama administration’s responsibility to manage the government and serve the American people.”

The administration of President Barack Obama seems to be fighting the appearance that it is favoring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, once a cabinet member herself.

According to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, the ban is “an effort to delineate as clearly as possible the public, official governing responsibilities we have at the White House, and separate that from politics.”

The prohibition comes as some of the cabinet members are among the presumed democratic nominee’s vice presidential picks, including Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

US President Barack Obama (R) walks with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders through the Colonnade for a meeting in the Oval Office on June 9, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP)

After meeting with Clinton’s rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, at the White House early in June, the US president officially endorsed Clinton.

Clinton managed to win the party’s nomination by grabbing 2,811 delegates, while Sanders only took 1,879 and could not reach the 2,383 needed.

“I know how hard this job can be, that is why I know Hillary would be so good at it,” Obama said.


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