- The Washington Times - Monday, April 17, 2006

[12:31 p.m.]

Staff changes at the White House are coming soon, the president’s spokesman said today, after new Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten met with senior staffers and told them to prepare.

Press Secretary Scott McClellan said that while Mr. Bolten didn’t ask for any resignations in the morning staff meeting, he told the staffers if any of them are planning to leave before the end of the year, to do it now.

“Josh talked about how this will refresh and re-energize the team and for all of us to renew our commitment as we go forward,” Mr. McClellan said.

Mr. Bolten took over from former chief of staff Andrew Card on Friday.

President Bush has given Mr. Bolten a free hand to restructure the White House staff. Mr. Bush is fighting to keep driving his policy agenda through 2008, even as attention turns to politics in the form the 2006 congressional elections and the 2008 presidential primaries.

Mr. Bolten is already looking to fill his old slot as director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Mr. McClellan said more changes are on the way: “I would expect some other announcements soon,” he said.

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