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The High-Profile Trump White House Departures

by Axios | Updated on 12.10.18

The Trump White House had more first-year departures than any other president in at least 40 years — and the departures haven't stopped. The latest resignations: White House chief of staff John Kelly and Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers.

Why it matters: The first term revolving door of Trump's highest Cabinet officials is not normal, although some turnover should be expected now that we're past the midterms.

1. Michael Flynn

  • Title: National Security Adviser
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Feb. 13, 2017

2. Sean Spicer

  • Title: Communications Director, Press Secretary
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: July 21, 2017

3. Reince Priebus

  • Title: White House chief of staff
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: July 23, 2017

4. Anthony Scaramucci

  • Title: Communications Director
  • Start date: July 21, 2017
  • End date: July 31, 2017

5. Steve Bannon

  • Title: White House Chief Strategist
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Aug. 18, 2017

6. Katie Walsh

  • Title: White House deputy chief of staff
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: March 30, 2017

7. Michael Dubke

  • Title: Communications Director
  • Start date: March 6, 2017
  • End date: May 30, 2017

8. Sebastian Gorka

  • Title: Deputy Assistant to the President
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Aug. 25, 2017

9. K.T. McFarland

  • Title: Deputy National Security Adviser
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: April 9, 2017

10. Tom Price

  • Title: Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Start date: Feb. 10, 2017
  • End date: Sept. 29, 2017

11. Omarosa Manigault Newman

  • Title: Communications Director
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Dec. 13, 2017

12. James Comey

  • Title: FBI Director
  • Start date: Sept. 4, 2013
  • End date: May 9, 2017

13. Andrew McCabe

  • Title: Deputy Director of FBI
  • Start date: Feb. 1, 2016
  • End date: Jan. 29, 2018

14. Dina Powell

  • Title: Deputy National Security Adviser
  • Start date: Jan. 18, 2017
  • End date: Jan. 12, 2018

15. Walter Shaub

  • Title: Director of the Office of Government Ethics
  • Start date: Jan. 9, 2013
  • End date: July 19, 2017

16. Angella Reid

  • Title: Chief Usher
  • Start date: Oct. 4, 2011
  • End date: May 5, 2017

17. Rob Porter

  • Title: Staff Secretary
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Feb. 7, 2018

18. Josh Raffel

  • Title: Senior Communications Official
  • Start date: April 5, 2017
  • End date: Feb. 27, 2018

19. Hope Hicks

  • Title: Director of Strategic Communications, Communications Director
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: March 29, 2018

20. Gary Cohn

  • Title: Director of the National Economic Council
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: April 2, 2018

21. John McEntee

  • Title: Personal Aide to the President
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: March 12, 2018

22. Rex Tillerson

  • Title: Secretary of State
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: March 13, 2018

23. H.R. McMaster

  • Title: National Security Adviser
  • Start date: Feb. 20, 2017
  • End date: March 22, 2018

24. David Shulkin

  • Title: Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Start date: Feb. 13, 2017
  • End date: March 28, 2018

25. Michael Anton

  • Title: National Security Council Spokesperson
  • Start date: Feb. 8, 2017 
  • End date: April 8, 2018

26. Tom Bossert

  • Title: Homeland Security Adviser
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: April 10, 2018

27. Scott Pruitt

  • Title: EPA Administrator
  • Start date: Feb. 17, 2017
  • End date: July 5, 2018

28. Nikki Haley

  • Title: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Start date: Jan. 24, 2017
  • End date: The end of 2018

29. Jeff Sessions

  • Title: Attorney General
  • Start date: Feb. 9, 2017
  • End date: Nov. 7, 2018

30. Mira Ricardel

  • Title: Deputy National Security Adviser
  • Start date: May 15, 2018
  • End date: Nov. 14, 2018

31. John Kelly

  • Title: White House chief of staff
  • Start date: July 31, 2017
  • End date: The end of 2018

32. Nick Ayers

  • Title: Chief of staff to the Vice President
  • Start date: July 28, 2017
  • End date: The end of 2018

Editor's note: This is a running list and will continue to be updated with the latest.

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  • Dicr
    12/10/2018
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    The most telling sign things can’t get much worse, nobody wants the openings. The only bearings he needs is for skates to get out town.

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  • Mark
    Voted Angry
    12/11/2018
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    Horse dung. Axios if it weren’t for double standards you would have no standards. Tool bags.... The Obama White House had such a revolving door I thought the damn thing was a propeller.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Apathetic
    12/11/2018
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    How anyone stands it at all is surprising to me. Scum floats to the surface along with cream, I guess. Or maybe rats fleeing a sinking ship is a better analogy.

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  • Cosmo
    Voted Happy
    12/10/2018
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    It’s irritating, that our Brain Trust operating newspaper & TV Cable don’t comprehend, that they are now dealing with a business person who expects results not excuses. A CEO expects positive results with minimum errors. The Presidents personality is the only personality that counts. He is one of the fastest government workers I ever saw. He is the only President from my birth that actually had a real job. With objectives,deliverables, cost over and under runs personnel issues to deal with. What has Spartacus every done, what the hell did Obama do that amounted to running a business. Stop using old measurements. Things are changing for the better. After Presidents Second term in office is completed your next President will be a Business person.

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  • J. scott
    Voted Excited
    12/11/2018
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    The folks closest too him know he’s a looser and have from early on. Now they are fleeing because they know he’s near unraveling and won’t make another term whether by impeachment, resignation, or jail. Definitely jail after leaving office.

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  • Rosiebird
    Voted Sad
    12/12/2018
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    People threatened them and their family s. Democrats fight or don’t let them do their jobs. I don’t blame them. You got to be real tough

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  • Andy1
    12/10/2018
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    The ship is sinking. Who are we down to now? Ted nugent? A trump kid? I hear Roseanne Barr is available.

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  • Chickie
    Voted Apathetic
    12/11/2018
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    It is true that other administrations had replacements in their staff or in their appointments. However, no President has ever had the vitriol and disdain about their ‘boss’ than #45. What’s the common denominator with #45’s departures? A majority have said that #45 has a short term attention span, doesn’t read, is undisciplined, is unorganized, is frustrating, has no work ethic, etc. With the ship drowning in investigation, federal charges, crimes against the U.S., no one wants #45’s name on their resume.

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  • Ronald
    Voted Happy
    12/11/2018
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    Trump is Our First President facing a bloodless Coup. The Deep State is to blame, not Our President.

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  • Peanut
    Voted Excited
    12/11/2018
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    MAGA BUILD THE WALL

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  • KansasTamale
    Voted Angry
    12/11/2018
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    Trump is so inept that he can’t actually appoint people who can do the jobs, he only cares about who will lie, cheat, steal or kill for HIM, NOTHING FOR THE COUNTRY.

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  • Dave
    12/10/2018
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    To think Trump has done anything, is like think the earth is flat. All if not most can be undone with executive orders. Tax cut and tariffs hurts Americans. His job creation is a flop. Corporations are move their industry to other countries or laying off. Stock only gone up do to buy backs. The $15 wage increase and economic was start in under Obama, the economic is coming to an end. Healthcare is going down the tube because of lack of support by this administration and republicans. All Businesses are dictatorship and anyone that want government to run as a business wants a dictator, and does not want to be accountable or participate in a democracy. Governing requires consensus, agreements and negotiations for the good of the all. Dictators like business, show favoritism, cut their losses, cut healthcare, cut retirement, cut infrastructure, cut wages, run to failure, chase cheap labor and don’t want to be accountable to anyone.

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  • Dave
    12/11/2018
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    This administration is a sinking ship, never should have been elected I want a government, not a corrupt business!

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  • J
    12/11/2018
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    For hose who are defending Trump, remember most of those were his appointees and he bragged how he only appointed the best and brightest. As for his business acumen, that is a fallacy, as evidenced by his 6 bankruptcies and additional business failures that he was attached to. He was also caught breaking the law On more than one occasion. and for those who buy into the lie he was self made, he received millions upon millions s from his father and other family members and we still don’t know how much he is truly worth nor the sources of his income. He is not as brilliant as he and his supporters claim. When one gets to start life on third base, it is not too hard to look like one has succeeded.

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  • Ken
    12/11/2018
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    Spoiled rich brat. Takes credit when there is none due. Takes zero responsibilty for wrongdoings. That might just be why Trump keeps losing staff.

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  • Ken
    12/11/2018
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    How do you work with someone who claims to know it all? That's not a trick question.

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  • Josh
    Voted Excited
    12/10/2018
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    I wish their was a laughing face. He knows the best people. It just takes a few tries to find them

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  • Robert
    12/10/2018
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    What’s it gonna take,Congress Republicans, even rats flee a sinking ship😩

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  • Nick-Papagiorgio
    Voted Apathetic
    12/11/2018
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    I don’t see how anyone could work with that disgusting, filthy, retched pig.

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  • James
    12/11/2018
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    This happens with every administration! Folks leave after Mid Terms and after the first term! They get a higher paying job offer from somebody and they put in their notice! That happens everywhere in the professional world! Whether in Government or the corporate world! A lot of people bolt when they can get higher pay! I’d doesn’t matter who’s in office!

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  • David
    Voted Apathetic
    12/11/2018
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    Having been trained in and spent most of my working career dealing with family and organizational systems, the high turnover in the upper echelons of the Trump Administration says a lot about the incredible level of dysfunction in this administration. Some turnover is to be expected in any system/organization. What we are seeing here is FAR from normal. The level of turnover in this administration points to a variety of possible problems, all of them based in the core dysfunction of primary leadership (ie, the President). This level of turnover also points to how extreme that core dysfunction is. The lies, denials, distortions, misinformation, and related behavior are symptoms. Systems this dysfunctional routinely destroy their members as well as those around them. With the latest departures there are no longer any adults in the room. God help us!

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