White House bans Cabinet members from speaking at convention
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The White House is warning Cabinet members not to speak later this month at the Democratic National Convention, where Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE will be officially nominated for president, according to The New York Times.

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The speaking ban comes as a handful of President Obama’s Cabinet members — including Labor Secretary Thomas PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro — have been floated as potential running mates for Clinton, who was once a part of Obama's Cabinet herself.

The directive was issued by White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Democratic candidates should counter Trump's foreign policy Paul Ryan joins University of Notre Dame faculty MORE, according to the report. It is seen as a move by the White House to distance itself from election-year politics in the waning months of the Obama administration.

“This is largely an effort to delineate as clearly as possible the public, official governing responsibilities we have at the White House, and separate that from politics,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told the newspaper.

President Obama plans to stump with Clinton, his former secretary of State, this week in North Carolina. He endorsed Clinton last month.