Sunday shows preview: Trump escalates Cabinet shake-up

Sunday shows preview: Trump escalates Cabinet shake-up
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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 ShulkinVA under pressure to ease medical marijuana rules Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank Senior Trump administration official to leave post next week 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 TillersonDemocrats eye Pompeo testimony On The Money: IMF estimates US-China trade war to shave 0.8 percent from global economy | NY prosecutors urge appeals court not to block Trump tax subpoena | Turkish bank linked to Giuliani client charged with fraud, money laundering Turkish bank linked to Giuliani client charged with fraud, money laundering in New York 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 JohnsonSondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy 10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable GOP braces for impeachment brawl MORE (R-Wis.) are set to appear on the show.

"Fox News Sunday": Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCheney unveils Turkey sanctions legislation Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs War of words at the White House MORE (R-S.C.) will be on.

CBS's "Face the Nation": Sens. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottBlood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Rand Paul: 'We deserve to know' identity of Trump whistleblower Bottom Line MORE (R-S.C.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE (I-Vt.) will make appearances, as well Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyCNN catches heat for asking candidates about Ellen, Bush friendship at debate The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions Trump says Gowdy can't join his legal team 'for a couple months' 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.