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 TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE unexpectedly fired Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonHouse passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet With salami-slicing and swarming tactics, China's aggression continues MORE on Tuesday morning with a tweet that said he would name CIA Director Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans US Olympic Committee urges Congress not to boycott Games in China Pompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' 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 ShulkinBiden's nominee for VA secretary isn't a veteran — does it matter? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress slogs toward COVID-19 relief, omnibus deal A crisis that unites veterans MORE with Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryTomorrow's special election in Texas is the Democrats' best House hope in 2021 Overnight Energy: Michigan reps reintroduce measure for national 'forever chemicals' standard |  White House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill Trump alumni launch America First Policy Institute MORE.

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