Sunday shows preview: Trump escalates Cabinet shake-up

Sunday shows preview: Trump escalates Cabinet shake-up
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE's continued shake-up of top advisers and Cabinet officials is set to come under the microscope on the Sunday shows this week following the abrupt ouster of Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinPress: Acosta, latest to walk the plank Senior Trump administration official to leave post next week Trump sent policy pitch from Mar-a-Lago member to VA secretary: report MORE.

In the wake of Trump's Wednesday announcement that he would replace Shulkin with White House physician Ronny Jackson, the now-former VA secretary made a series of television appearances in which he reflected on his dismissal.

"Every Cabinet member serves at the pleasure of the president and it's the president's prerogative to have a team around him that he thinks is doing the job," Shulkin told Fox News on Thursday, acknowledging that Trump "wasn't happy with the pace" at the VA.


Shulkin is set to make two more TV appearances Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" and NBC's "Meet the Press," where he's sure to be pressed for details of his dismissal.

One detail that remains a focus of contention is whether Shulkin was fired or resigned from his post.

While the former VA secretary has maintained he was abruptly ousted, the White House asserted in a report Saturday that Shulkin stepped down.

Shulkin was at least the fourth senior Trump administration official to resign or be dismissed this month.

The series of shakeups began March 6 when Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary CohnGary David CohnTrump says US will hit China with new round of tariffs next month Gary Cohn bemoans 'dramatic impact' of Trump tariffs Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE, abruptly announced he would leave the administration amid a disagreement over the president's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The following week featured the unceremonious firing of Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonScaramucci breaks up with Trump in now-familiar pattern Senate braces for brawl over Trump's spy chief Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE, and continued last week with Trump's decision to replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster with former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton.

After Tillerson's dismissal, Trump declared that he was moving closer "to having the Cabinet and other things that I want." The shake-ups have also fueled speculation that more departures could be on the horizon.

The Sunday morning news shows appear poised to focus on the additions and departures from the Trump administration.

Here's the full lineup:

NBC's "Meet the Press": Shulkin and Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators call for Barr to release full results of Epstein investigation FBI Agents Association calls on Congress to make 'domestic terrorism' a federal crime Senators renew request for domestic threats documents from FBI, DOJ after shootings MORE (R-Wis.) are set to appear on the show.

"Fox News Sunday": Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham warns Trump on Taliban deal in Afghanistan: Learn from 'Obama's mistakes' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan MORE (R-S.C.) will be on.

CBS's "Face the Nation": Sens. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP Sen. Tim Scott says if he runs in 2022 it will be his last race When it comes to student debt, it is time to talk solutions Democrats call for Senate to return to vote on gun reform after two deadly mass shootings MORE (R-S.C.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Bernie Sanders vows to go to 'war with white nationalism and racism' as president Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' MORE (I-Vt.) will make appearances, as well Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyRising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief Cummings announces expansion of Oversight panel's White House personal email probe, citing stonewalling Pelosi says it's up to GOP to address sexual assault allegation against Trump MORE (R-S.C.), Filippo Grandi, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, will also be on.

CNN's "State of the Union": Shulkin and Sanders will both make appearances.

ABC's "This Week": Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) will appear on the show. He'll be joined by Andrew Young, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N.