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July 4, 2016 6:00 am

Obama Bans Cabinet From Speaking at DNC Convention

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President Obama at the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Photo: Screenshot.

President Obama at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Photo: Screenshot.

New York Times – The White House has forbidden members of President Obama’s cabinet to address the Democratic National Convention this month, a stark break from past policy that is intended to avoid the appearance that the administration’s final months are being consumed by the politics of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

In 2012, as he campaigned for re-election, five members of the president’s cabinet addressed the party convention in Charlotte, N.C. But in issuing the prohibition this year, Mr. Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, decided to “send a signal about the primacy of the Obama administration’s responsibility to manage the government and serve the American people,” said Jennifer Friedman, the deputy White House press secretary.

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