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 ShulkinOvernight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Former VA chief Shulkin: 'Chaos' probably a 'pretty accurate term' to describe Trump White House Veterans group sues to block advisers known as ‘Mar-a-Lago Crowd’ from influencing VA 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 TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' MORE.


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 ComeyFormer FBI lawyer speaks with House lawmakers on Rosenstein, 2016 Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure McGahn departs as White House counsel 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George McCabeFBI investigated media leak of McCabe comment about Flynn and Trump Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself MORE, fired hours before he became eligible for a pension in retaliation for being willing to provide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 ShaubSolicitor general could take over Mueller probe if Rosenstein exits News station criticized for publishing 'smear' about man killed in his apartment by off-duty officer Former ethics chief, a vocal Trump critic, joins watchdog group 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: 'I don't call it tweeting. I call it social media' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Trump heads to battleground Iowa, where GOP House members seek help Hope Hicks to become Fox chief communications officer 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 SpicerGuilfoyle says she'd be open to White House job if Trump asks Cramer's comments on Kavanaugh allegations under scrutiny in close N. Dakota race Spicer: Press have 'a personal animus' against Trump administration 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 TillersonWatchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US Trump administration rigging the game, and your retirement fund could be the loser Haley’s exit sends shockwaves through Washington 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 David CohnOn The Money: Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi summit | Consumer bureau to probe controversial blog posts on race | Harris proposes new middle-class tax credit Cohn defends rate hikes, says Trump shouldn't attack Fed Dina Powell no longer under in running to become UN ambassador MORE, one of the few professionals in what Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerLawmakers point fingers at Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi's death Corker calls for 'collective' response from Western countries if Saudi crown prince found responsible in Khashoggi's death The Memo: Trump in a corner on Saudi Arabia 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 BhararaGOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter Preet Bharara questions whether Trump will respect ‘presidential alert’ system Republicans shift course after outside counsel falters MORE, who Trump had promised his job, and former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault for – don’t ask.

Long-suffering Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusRepublican Party chief to serve second term at Trump’s request Priebus: Republican voters energized by 'Kavanaugh effect' Kelly called Warren 'impolite,' 'arrogant:' report 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 CohenAthletic directors honor best former student-athletes on Capitol Hill Rep. Steve Cohen discusses what will happen if Rosenstein is fired Democrat calls Kavanaugh a 'frat boy' MORE represents Tennessee’s 9th District.