A source familiar with what happened told CNN that Atlas handed over his letter of resignation to President Donald Trump on Monday. As a private government employee, Atlas had a 130-day window in which he could serve, and that window will be closed technically this week.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Another source close to the staff told CNN on Monday that Atlas’ departure is good news, as his discredited theories will not have a seat at the table.
Atlas’ months-long tenure in the White House was marked by controversy as he became a close advisor to Trump on the pandemic, adopting public positions on the virus closer to the president – including denouncing the idea that schools cannot reopen this fall. “Hysteria” and the pressure to resume college sports.
Atlas was not in contact with Vice President Mike Pence on Monday with country leaders, according to the list of participants. During the call, Pence and staff members focused on vaccine safety and distribution as Covid-19 cases soared across the country, according to his office.
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