Maddow expands wall of departures under Trump after Tillerson ouster

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night expanded her running list of departures from the Trump administration to a third column following a series of firings earlier in the day. 

“So, today, we have added the secretary of State, the under secretary of State for public diplomacy, the NASA administrator, the head of the forest service and the president’s personal assistant,” she said, motioning to the names listed on the wall behind her.

“We have gone to the big wall and three columns,” she added. “Anybody else going tonight?”


President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE unexpectedly fired Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonBiden's State Department picks are a diplomatic slam dunk President Trump: To know him is to 'No' him Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts MORE on Tuesday morning with a tweet that said he would name CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoO'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Israeli military instructed to prepare for Trump strike on Iran: report Biden's State Department picks are a diplomatic slam dunk MORE as his replacement.

Tillerson's departure then led to the firing of Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein, who contradicted the White House's account of Tillerson's ouster.

Trump's personal assistant, John McEntee, was also fired after he was reportedly denied a security clearance because of financial problems related to online gambling and tax issues.

Those exits came a week after top economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned over a trade policy dispute.

Late Tuesday afternoon, The New York Times reported that Trump is considering replacing Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinVA inspector general says former top official steered M contract to friend Schumer demands answers in use of unproven coronavirus drug on veterans Former Trump VA secretary says staffer found plans to replace him in department copier MORE with Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryChip Roy fends off challenge from Wendy Davis to win reelection in Texas The Memo: Texas could deliver political earthquake The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states MORE.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster has reportedly been on thin ice for some time as well.