Trump’s zeal for administration firings denigrates public servants
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It should not be this hard to serve your country.

That’s what deposed Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinMar-a-Lago insiders provided input on VA policy, personnel decisions: report Ahead of speech, Kansas City newspaper urges Trump to listen to veterans The Hill's Morning Report — Trump picks new fight with law enforcement, intelligence community MORE told the country as he followed a train of dedicated public servants out the door for apparently less-than-enthusiastic endorsements of the impetuous and vindictive management style of President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE.

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In perhaps his last turn on the national stage, Shulkin blamed his ouster on wrongheaded efforts to privatize the VA to reward a few at the expense of undermining care for millions veterans, and vowed to stay committed to resist privatization.

He joins FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTucker Carlson attacks press as ‘state media’ after Trump strips ex-CIA chief’s clearance Comey: Trump revoking Brennan's security clearance shows 'he will punish people who disagree with him' Trump draws bipartisan fire over Brennan MORE, fired for failing to pledge his loyalty to Trump and refusing to drop his investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn while investigating Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia; Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTucker Carlson attacks press as ‘state media’ after Trump strips ex-CIA chief’s clearance Overnight Defense: Trump revokes Brennan's security clearance | Brennan fires back: 'I will not relent' | Defense firms bullish on 'Space Force' | Treasury targets Chinese, Russian firms for helping North Korea 17 times Brennan has torched Trump MORE, fired hours before he became eligible for a pension in retaliation for being willing to provide corroborating evidence that Comey’s firing was an effort to obstruct justice; and H.R. McMaster, who preferred professionals to walk-on amateurs with seeming conflicts of interest in matters of national security.

Others have simply quit, overwhelmed by the chaos and incompetence of a man who declines expert advice in favor of telegenic talking heads. Place in that category Joseph Yun, the State Department’s special representative for North Korea policy, who leaves in apparent frustration on the eve of talks between Trump and the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and Walter ShaubWalter Michael ShaubWH lawyer in charge of policing Trump officials' ethics to leave: report Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws Ex-ethics chief: Melania Trump's visit to migrant shelter a 'flim flam con job' MORE, director of the Office of Government Ethics, who was critical of the president’s failure to meet the ethical standards, including divestiture of his private assets, of his predecessors.

White House Communications Director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksTrump officials pushing Hope Hicks to join 2020 campaign: report Hope Hicks spotted boarding Air Force One ahead of Trump rally Omarosa questioned by feds over Cohen ties to National Enquirer publisher: report MORE resigned a day after testifying – and acknowledging “white lies” on Trump’s behalf – before the House Intelligence Committee. White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer slams Omarosa on WH recordings: 'She will do anything to further her own being' The Hill's 12:30 Report White House seeking to prevent Omarosa from releasing more tapes: report MORE, who seemed uncomfortable from Day One with misleading statements about Trump’s inaugural crowd size, finally stepped down after a remarkable and humiliating stream of exaggerations and falsehoods.

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonDems want GOP chairman to subpoena State Department over cyber docs Overnight Energy: Trump elephant trophy tweets blindsided staff | Execs of chemical plant that exploded during hurricane indicted | Interior to reverse pesticide ban at wildlife refuges Administration should use its leverage to get Egypt to improve its human rights record MORE fell afoul of Trump for disparaging him in private and not deigning to correct the record but also for saying the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain was “clearly” Russia’s doing; for that, he was tweeted out the next day.

Trump’s top economic advisor Gary CohnGary Davivd CohnItalian banking giant stops advertising on Facebook Meet the woman who is Trump's new emissary to Capitol Hill Top economic aide to become Trump legislative director MORE, one of the few professionals in what Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP senator reviving effort to rein in Trump on tariffs Trump draws bipartisan fire over Brennan GOP leaders: No talk of inviting Russia delegation to Capitol MORE (R-Tenn.) called the West Wing “adult day care center,” acknowledged he was under “enormous pressure” to resign in the wake of Trump’s offensive statements about the “very fine” neo-Nazis who marched through Charlottesville last summer, but ultimately stepped down when his advice on tariff policy was not just ignored but mocked.

High-profile outright firings include former U.S. Attorney Preet BhararaPreetinder (Preet) Singh BhararaPossibility of Trump pardoning himself sparks GOP pushback Admission that Trump dictated statement on Trump Tower meeting raises new questions Bharara: Trump allies ‘clearly getting a message’ from pardons MORE, who Trump had promised his job, and former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault for – don’t ask.

Long-suffering Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusDems make history in Tuesday's primaries National Archives warns it can't fulfill Kavanaugh documents request until October Trump asks chief of staff Kelly to stay through 2020 MORE tried to keep the lid on a boiling-over caldron of scandals and embarrassments but finally got the boot in a Trump tweet from Air Force One announcing his successor as Priebus sat on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base in the rain.

The many names of those standing on banana peels waiting for a shove include the badgered architect of our renewed war on marijuana and voting rights, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, and his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, both still standing between Trump and his nemesis, the Special Counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

Oh, yes: Robert Mueller, a Republican appointed FBI director by presidents of both parties, has been a potential target since at least last June. He has indicted 19 so far and is subpoenaing Trump business records, a Trump “red line.” More than 160 of us in Congress are trying to get a vote on the bipartisan Special Counsel Integrity Act that sets conditions for such firings – before Mueller’s name is added to this list.

The evident pleasure the man in the White House gets from such firings and force-outs is legendary; he first made a name for himself beyond the tabloids with his inane reality television show slogan, “you’re fired.” He now denigrates dedicated public servants with the same sadistic flourish.

It really should not be this hard to serve your country.

Congressman Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDem lawmaker predicts Trump Jr., Kushner will be indicted by Mueller Dem leaders fend off calls to impeach Trump There was nothing remotely treasonous in Trump's performance with Putin MORE represents Tennessee’s 9th District.