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Chief of staff to chief strategist: List of White House staff members who left or resigned in first eight months of Trump presidency

Real Estate tycoon Donald Trump has proven to be one of the most controversial Presidents of United States in recent times. In just first eight months of his term, most of his senior administrative staff has either been fired or has left following differences with the President and his policies.


By   |  Updated On : August 19, 2017 05:17 PM
Chief of staff to chief strategist: List of White House staff members who left or resigned in first eight months of Trump presidency (File Photo)

Chief of staff to chief strategist: List of White House staff members who left or resigned in first eight months of Trump presidency (File Photo)

New Delhi :  

Real Estate tycoon Donald Trump has proven to be one of the most controversial Presidents of United States in recent times. In just first eight months of his term, most of his senior administrative staff has either been fired or has left following differences with the President and his policies.

Here is a list of people who have either resigned or have been fired in US top posts: 

Sally Yates: The process of firing the key staff started right after Trump took oath to office and issued his first executive order - Muslim travel ban. Sally Yates, who was White House's top lawyer, was fired on January 30 after she defied the Trump administration by saying the Justice Department would not defend travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations.

Michael Flynn: The allegations of Russian meddling in US Presidential elections came to haunt the Trump administration within first month. Flynn, who held the post of National Security Adviser for less than a month, resigned on February 14. He ‘sincerely apologised’ to Trump and Vice-President Mike Spencer for providing them incomplete information about his Russian contacts, namely Russia Ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

Preet Bharara: The next key head to role was former US Attorney Preet Bharara. The Indian-origin professional was fired in March, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions forced the 46 appointees made by the former President to tender their resignations. When he refused, he was shown the door. “I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired,” he had written on Twitter.

James Comey: The former FBI director was ousted after he took 'keen' interest in investigating allegations of Russian collusion in the 2016 Presidential Election. On May 9, Trump fired Comey citing incompetency after he sought increase federal resources for better probe in the matter. 

Mike Dubke: The first person to start cycle of hire and fire on the post of White House Communication Director was Mike Dubke. Dubke tendered his resignation on May 18, around three months after his appointment. While he provided no reason for his departure, he said, “It has been my great honour to serve President Trump and this administration.”

Sean Spicer: The White House press secretary resigned on July 21 over the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as the communications director. The 45-year-old rejected Trump’s offer to stay on, maintaining that the appointment was a mistake.

Read | Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer resigns

Michael Short: Scaramucci's appointment as communication director resulted in another resignation as senior assistant press secretary Michael Short resigned on July 25 amid reports of Scaramucci making cuts. 

Reince Priebus: July 26 Anthony Scaramucci accuses White House chief of staff Reince Priebus of being the leak. July 27 Priebus reisgns. It was however reported that prior to his resignation Priebus had held several conversations with Trump regarding leaving the White House.

Read | Trump fires Chief of Staff Priebus, appoints John Kelly

Anthony Scaramucci: Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci was ousted from from his position as White House director of communication on Augsut 1 after allegation erupted against him for using “unparlianmentary” language used by him against his colleagues.

Carl Icahn, billionaire investor and special adviser to Trump resigned on August 18 over a conflict of interest; he was being criticised for making policy recommendations that would help his own investments.

Steve Bannon was ousted from his position White House adviser on August 18. The chief strategist had a controversial tenure in the White House, marred by rivalries and back-stabbing. (Read full story here)

First Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 05:05 PM


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