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President Obama Responds to Debbie Wasserman Schultz's DNC Resignation

July 24th 2016

By:
Aron Macarow

President Barack Obama on Sunday called Debbie Wasserman Schultz "our dear friend" following her announcement that she will step down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee after the party's convention next week. Wasserman Schultz signaled her intent to resign amid the stir over the weekend caused by leaks from the DNC's email server.

"For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back," Obama said in a written statement. "This afternoon, I called her to let her know that I am grateful. ... And no one works harder for her constituents in Congress than Debbie Wasserman Schultz."

Obama wasn't the only high-ranking Democrat to respond to the soon-to-be former chairwoman's decision to leave the party leadership. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also released remarks, announcing that Wasserman Schultz will serve as the honorary chair of Clinton's program to help elect Democratic candidates:

"I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. ... There's simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie — which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign's 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states."

Not to be left out, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted about the situation, including a tweet that misspelled the DNC chairwoman's last name.

Wasserman Schultz will continue serving as a member of Congress for her home state of Florida after she leaves her post in the Democratic party's leadership.

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