Trump on WH exits: ‘Everybody’ wants to work for my administration
President Trump on working for the Trump admin.: “Believe me, everybody wants to work in the White House." pic.twitter.com/8JzQbylZpq
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President Trump on Tuesday dismissed reports of chaos inside his administration amid recent White House departures, claiming that his administration has a wealth of applicants for key positions.
During a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, the president told reporters that “everybody” wants to work in his White House.
“The White House has tremendous energy, it has tremendous spirit. It is a great place to be working. Many, many people want every single job,” Trump said of his administration and its frequent turnover. “Believe me, everybody wants to work in the White House. They all want a piece of that Oval Office, they all want a piece of the West Wing.”
“So many people want to come in. I have a choice of anybody,” Trump continued. “I could take any position in the White House and I’ll have a choice of the 10 top people having to do with that position, everybody wants to be there.”
The White House faced several high-profile resignations in February. Staff secretary Rob Porter was ousted earlier in the month after two of his ex-wives came forward with allegations of domestic abuse.
White House speechwriter David Sorensen soon followed suit after he too faced allegations of violence and emotional abuse against his ex-wife.
At the end of the month, White House communications director and longtime Trump aide Hope Hicks announced her resignation as well, weeks after it was revealed that she and Porter were involved in a relationship.
The White House has also dealt with reports this week that economic adviser Gary Cohn could be the next to leave, spurred by Cohn’s reported opposition to new tariffs.
Trump addressed Hicks’s resignation in a statement last week, praising the 29-year-old aide for her “outstanding” job in the White House.
“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday. “She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”
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