Chelsea Clinton's Chief of Staff Complains Her Boss 'Never Gets a Break'

Chelsea Clinton
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March 23, 2017

Chelsea Clinton's chief of staff complained on Thursday that her boss just can't catch a break.

Bari Lurie is Clinton's chief of staff at the Clinton Foundation, where the former first daughter is vice chair. Lurie took to Twitter on Thursday to lament that Clinton, like her mother, failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, "never gets a break."

The tweet included a link to a op-ed published Thursday in the Los Angeles Times, titled "Just like her mother, Chelsea Clinton never gets a break."

The article's author, Ann Friedman, defends Clinton from her critics, arguing that she and her mother receive more flack than President Donald Trump and his eldest daughter Ivanka Trump.

"But Chelsea, like her mother, never gets a break — unlike Ivanka and her father," Friedman writes.

Clinton, a former Oxford, Columbia, NYU and Stanford student, has been in the news in recent weeks for various activities.

Most recently, Clinton was the author of the book Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?, which promptly flopped. A month later, she was given a book deal for a political children's book called She Persisted.

In addition, Clinton serves as a member of the board of directors at Expedia, netting her $250,000 a year. Expedia chairman Barry Diller happens to be friend of her parents, and prominent fundraiser for the Clintons.

Lurie is right that occasionally life can be unfair to Chelsea Clinton. The op-ed she links to notes that many media outlets falsely reported that Clinton had been given a lifetime achievement award by Variety. In reality, she only received an achievement award from Lifetime and Variety.

Despite her lack of journalism training, Clinton was hired by NBC as a special correspondent following graduation. Clinton was paid $600,000 annually, or approximately $26,724 for every minute she was on air. Among her most probing interviews was her grilling the Geico gecko.

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