First lady: Wasserman Schultz an ‘extraordinary’ DNC chief

First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaDemocrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump Michelle Obama presents Beyoncé with Humanitarian Award at BET Awards: 'You inspire all of us' Voting by mail is now a necessity during COVID-19 MORE showered praise on embattled Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time VA initiates process to remove headstones with Nazi symbols Overnight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries MORE on Thursday, hours after the release of a story suggesting the Florida congresswoman had lost the confidence of prominent Democrats — including the president.

The first lady recognized Wasserman Schultz during remarks at the Women's Leadership Forum, a fundraising conference organized by the DNC to promote women's issues.

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"While she wasn’t able to join us today, I also want to recognize another fabulous woman — our extraordinary DNC chair, Congressman [sic] Debbie Wasserman Shultz," the first lady said. "Yay!"

Earlier Thursday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest also offered support for Wasserman Schultz, saying the administration had "strong confidence" in her and expected her to finish out her term leading the committee.

"Under her leadership, the DNC has expanded their digital and technology staff, who are providing campaigns of all sizes cutting-edge tools that the Obama campaign used to great success in 2012," Earnest said. He added that the committee had also launched a voter expansion project in swing states.

"She also has been hard at work working closely with the finance staff of the DNC to pay off debt that the DNC incurred in the context of the 2012 elections," Earnest added.

A Politico story chronicling the discontent between the White House and DNC chairwoman suggested the president and Wasserman Schultz have rarely spoken over the past three years, and do not meet regularly. 

The president was also reportedly irked over Wasserman Schultz's complaints that she had been unable to hire a donor's daughter as a staffer at the DNC, while top adviser Valerie Jarrett expressed concern that the Florida congresswoman had her daughter sit in on an interview with the one of the president's preferred candidates to become the committee's executive director.