In President Trump’s first year, a lot of his top aides either resigned or were fired from the White House. While Trump tried and failed to achieve any legislative victory, the people around him were on an exodus. 34% of his senior officials resigned, been fired, or transitioned into another job. That’s 21 of his 61 aides.
And it’s a new record that Trump will probably try and find a way to brag about. The previous record belongs to Ronald Reagan, who lost just half of what Trump did (17%). And Obama only lost 9% of his aides in 2009.
But neither Obama or Reagan got to enjoy the media circus of Trump’s many firings and resignations. There were the top tier officials such as national security advisor Michael Flynn (now indicted), Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, press secretary Sean Spicer, chief of staff Reince Priebus, national security advisor K.T. McFarland, and many more.
More recently, another national security advisor, Dina Powell, announced her resignation. Right alongside her was deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn. And then there’s Omarosa Manigault Newman, who apparently needed to be dragged out of the White House.
And let’s not forget the blink-and-you’ll-miss-him Anthony Scaramucci who lasted all of ten days as Communications Director. Hope Hicks is now the fourth person to hold that title in less than a year. The other two were “Who?” and “Wait, there were four Communications Directors?”
And making people run from the White House seems to be the only thing Trump has accomplished. Despite that he loves to sign executive orders on his tiny little desk, “Trump has signed fewer bills into law than any other president in his first year in office since Dwight Eisenhower in 1953,” Slate reports.
And there’s no sign of the exodus ending Most aides resign in a president’s second year, meaning we’ll see more turnover and instability at the White House, along with an even grumpier Chief of Staff John Kelly…if he’s still around in 2018.