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 TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values 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 MulvaneyOn The Money: Trump teases 'major announcement' Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan | Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions 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 SpicerWhite House press aide Raj Shah joining lobbying firm Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Conway: She has 'engaged in a War on Facts since Inauguration Day' Huckabee: Nauert may need 'armor suit' to get through Senate confirmation hearing MORE, chief strategist Stephen Bannon and Trump's first chief of staff, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusTrump Org hires former WH ethics lawyer to deal with congressional probes Trump's national security team is constant source of turnover The Democratic and Anti-democratic parties 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 ScaramucciScaramucci’s wife says he’s trying not to ‘blab’ White House secrets on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ White House press aide Raj Shah joining lobbying firm Scaramucci joining cast of Celebrity Big Brother 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.