Trump admits mistakes with Cabinet picks

President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE on Monday conceded he made mistakes in assembling his Cabinet, which has already seen three departures.

Trump made the rare admission while praising Labor Secretary Alex AcostaRene (Alex) Alexander AcostaTrump asked aides about making Labor secretary his new attorney general: report Overnight Regulation: Omnibus includes deal on tip-pooling rule | Groups sue over rules for organic livestock | AT&T, DOJ make opening arguments in merger trial Warren presses Mulvaney, Azar on tip pooling MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMnuchin to lead delegation to embassy opening in Jerusalem: report Trump administration backing more funding for World Bank: report Mnuchin considering trip to China MORE during a tax event in Miami.

"Not all of my choices were good, but they were great ones,” the president said.

The president did not single out any Cabinet officials for criticism.

Many of Trump’s Cabinet picks have faced accusations of ethical misconduct or clashed with the president for personal and political reasons.

The president this year fired Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonRomney forced into GOP primary for Utah Senate nomination Romney won't commit yet to supporting Trump in 2020 By sending spy to North Korea, America raises the stakes high MORE after months of disagreements and also gave the axe to Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinTrump VA pick faces challenge to convince senators he’s ready for job Trump campaign staffer accused of sexual harassment tapped for VA post Overnight Health Care: Rep. Debbie Dingell on the pain and tragedy of the opioids crisis | DEA moves to curb opioid oversupply | Dem says Trump pick opposes VA privatization MORE, who faced criticism over taxpayer-funded travel and fought with other officials over health-care issues.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott Pruitt2018 Earth Day — black women are leading the fight against environmental racism White House aide: Trump has full confidence in Pruitt Pruitt explains plan for scientific transparency initiative at EPA MORE and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonSean Hannity linked to shell companies that spent M on property: report Overnight Tech: AT&T chief takes the stand to defend merger | Facebook keeps most users out of EU data law's reach | HUD reopens probe into Facebook housing ads | Venture capital firms go to bat for cryptocurrencies Overnight Finance: IMF chief warns against US-China trade war | Trump, Abe can't strike deal on tariff exemptions | Republicans push Trump to rescind Gateway funds MORE are also facing scrutiny for spending taxpayer dollars on office improvements, amid other actions.

Last year, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceDem lawmaker rips Trump's taxpayer spending on Tax Day Trump admits mistakes with Cabinet picks HHS secretary briefly hospitalized for 'minor infection' MORE was forced to resign after it was revealed he frequently used a private jet to travel on government business.

Trump’s first pick to lead the Department of Labor, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination after it was revealed he employed a housekeeper who was living illegally in the U.S.

The president has faced persistent criticism from people who say he failed to properly vet his choices to fill key administration posts.