Chuck Todd on administration vacancies: 'Is this any way to run a government?'
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NBC anchor Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddSanders campaign vents frustration with media, polls Megan Rapinoe reveals what she'd say to fans who are Trump supporters Rapinoe: Trump's message divides 'so he can conquer' MORE on Friday scrutinized the Trump administration over its increasing number of top department vacancies, saying it has resulted in a “carousel of chaos.”

“You may ask yourself: Is this any way to run the government, and what happens if there’s a crisis?” Todd asked during NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Funny you should ask, because there is a humanitarian crisis at the border, and the administration’s leadership team in charge of handling it has been decimated in a carousel of chaos.”


Todd’s comments come after Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Trump's new labor chief alarms Democrats, unions NBC News releases video showing Trump, Epstein at 1992 party MORE announced Friday he would be stepping down from President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE’s Cabinet in the wake of swirling controversy over his role in securing a 2008 plea deal for billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein.

“Folks, if you can believe it, when Acosta leaves next week, there will be at least 20 top positions in this administration that are being led by an ‘acting’ chief or no one at all,” Todd noted.

Also on Friday, reports emerged that Trump is again considering the possible removal of Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke A brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats Chuck Todd on administration vacancies: 'Is this any way to run a government?' MORE.

“We got an acting Labor secretary, an acting Defense secretary –– actually, we’ve had two acting Defense secretaries since the [James] Mattis resignation,” Todd continued as the network showed a scrolling list of departed administration officials. “I can’t even say the names fast enough.”

As the Trump administration comes under increased scrutiny for its hard-line immigration policies and the conditions of migrant detention facilities — which are reported to be unsanitary and lacking resources — Todd noted that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Four heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities Chuck Todd on administration vacancies: 'Is this any way to run a government?' MORE left her Cabinet post earlier this year.

Her replacement was Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs of Border Protection, leaving acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Mark Morgan to become McAleenan’s replacement.

Todd knocked the string of replacements, saying: “You may wonder: Is that a way to run the border amidst a migrant crisis?”

Eight Cabinet secretaries, as well as several other officials, have departed the administration since Trump took office.