Trump at Gridiron dinner: Who will leave WH next, Miller or Melania?

Trump at Gridiron dinner: Who will leave WH next, Miller or Melania?
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE attended the annual Gridiron Club dinner on Saturday, where he cracked joke after joke in a speech, during which he reportedly pondered whether first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials ratchet up fight over drug pricing | McConnell says Republicans could try again on ObamaCare repeal | Dems go on offense against GOP lawsuit Melania Trump meets with families affected by opioid withdrawal in newborns MORE or adviser Stephen Miller would be the next to leave the White House. 

"So many people have been leaving the White House. It’s invigorating since you want turnover. I like chaos. It really is good. Who’s going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller, or Melania?" Trump quipped, according to White House pool reports. 


Trump later joked that Melania Trump could also claim him as "an adult dependent," riffing off "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff, who claims White House aides have told him they view the president as childlike. 

Since the Gridiron Club annual dinner was founded in the 1800s, most presidents have made a point to attend at least once during their administrations.

The white tie dinner is known for its comedic speeches by the president and lawmakers from both parties. While the event has never been filmed, reporters are invited to attend and often cover the speeches given.

Trump's joke about White House turnover comes days after 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 announced her departure. 

Early this year, Trump's relationship with Melania Trump was thrust into the spotlight when reports emerged that former adult-film star Stormy Daniels had an extramarital sexual encounter with Trump early on in his marriage with Melania.