Report: Turnover rate in Trump White House highest in decades

Report: Turnover rate in Trump White House highest in decades
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE's White House has reportedly seen the highest turnover rate among its staff in decades. 

The New York Times reported that staff departures at the White House have reached 34 percent, following a number of high-profile shake-ups and resignations among some of the president's most senior aides.

At the same time, Trump has struggled to fill vacant positions, largely reflecting the president's unwillingness to hire those that he deems disloyal, as well as hesitations by some Republicans to join an administration that often appears chaotic and freewheeling, the Times reported. 


Some among Trump's staff are working more than one job, the newspaper noted. Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyFive GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump suggests China is easing pressure on North Korea because of trade fight | Mulvaney taps top aide as No. 2 at consumer bureau | House Republican to offer bill to curtail Trump's trade powers Mulvaney appoints top aide as consumer bureau acting No. 2 MORE, the White House budget director, for example, is simultaneously charged with leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Meanwhile, other officials have struggled with how to leave the White House without appearing disloyal, the Times added. 

“We have vacancies on top of vacancies,” Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told the Times. “You have initial vacancies, you have people who left in the first year and now you have people who are leaving in the second year.”

The report came days after two White House aides resigned last week amid domestic abuse allegations. 

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE also reportedly offered to resign as he faced scrutiny for his handling of allegations against one of those aides, staff secretary Rob Porter.

Among the other top aides to leave the White House over the past year are White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerDem lawmaker: Trump finally got his 'largest audience ever' in London protests The dishonesty of the deep state The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ MORE, chief strategist Stephen Bannon and Trump's first chief of staff, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusWisconsin GOP Senate hopeful hit by ad highlighting Democratic past Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer Ryan backs Vukmir in Wisconsin Senate GOP primary MORE

Others were ousted from the White House amid controversy, including Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn, who left after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Pence and others about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential transition. He has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about those contacts.

Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciPoliticon 2018 tour to include Anthony Scaramucci, Charlie Kirk, Hasan Piker Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer DC restaurant offers drink special to celebrate Pruitt resignation MORE was also ousted last summer following a brief tenure as White House communications director. That came to an end after he gave an off-the-rails interview to the New Yorker in which he spoke bombastically and vulgarly about other White House staffers.