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Why Did Jason Miller Back Out Of His Trump Administration Job? He’s Putting His Family First


Just two days after Donald Trump chose who he wanted to be his White House communications director, Politico reported that Jason Miller backed out of the Trump administration position. Miller — who is currently a top spokesman for the president-elect — has been an avid Trump supporter and a regular member of the president-elect's team for months. So his abrupt decision has led many to wonder why he’s opted not to take the key White House position, a role that essentially ensures that the administration's messages are successfully delivered to the public. Romper reached out to Trump's team for comment on Miller's decision and is awaiting a response.

According to a statement to Politico, Miller said he’s decided to decline the position because he wants to spend more time with his family as his wife prepares to give birth to their second child next month.

"After spending this past week with my family, the most amount of time I have been able to spend with them since March 2015, it is clear they need to be my top priority right now and this is not the right time to start a new job as demanding as White House communications director," Miller said in a statement, according to Politico. "My wife and I are also excited about the arrival of our second daughter in January, and I need to put them in front of my career."

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Jason Miller, a senior advisor to President-elect Donald Trump, arrives at Trump Tower on November 13, 2016 in New York City. The Trump transition team continues the work of establishing policy priorities and staffing up the new administration. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)Kevin Hagen/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Trump was reportedly informed about Miller's decision on Friday night. According to CNN, Miller said he will hand off the position to Sean Spicer, who is the Republican National Committee communications director Trump tapped to be the incoming White House press secretary. Spicer will reportedly take on both communication roles and Miller will continue to work with Trump's transition and eventually in the future, but not in an administration position.

"I look forward to continuing to support the President-elect from the outside after my work on the transition concludes," Miller said in the same statement to Politico.

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: (L to R) Jason Miller, communications director for the Trump transition team, and Sean Spicer, Republican National Committee chief strategist and communications director, brief reporters at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Trump's White House press team will reportedly include longtime staffers Hope Hicks as director of strategic communications, who served as press secretary on Trump's campaign, and Dan Scavino as director of social media, who has reportedly known Trump since he was 16 years old and became trusted "member of Trump's inner circle", according to CNN.

"Sean, Hope, Jason and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition. I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again," Trump said in a statement earlier this week, according to CNN.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: A Trump Tower security employee sets up a velvet rope in front of the press at Trump Tower, November 28, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Miller's decision followed another announcement from Trump's team on Christmas Eve, which said in a statement that the president-elect is reportedly planning to shut down the Trump Foundation "to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President" as he prepares to enter the Oval Office next month.

With Inauguration Day less than a month away, there are still many uncertainties about the incoming administration and Miller's decision has added even more questions about Trump's key communications team.