It’s a beautiful day in March, the air is crisp, and we’re all back at work gazing at yet another firing from President Trump. This time, it was FBI Director Andrew McCabe that faced the chopping block, and the President didn’t even honor him with a memo. Instead, he cleaned house on Twitter, where the Director himself read it first. “Andrew McCabe FIRED,” he wrote, “a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy.”
Trump vowed to “drain the swamp” before he came into office, and he’s certainly made good on that promise. Out of sheer curiosity, we dug deep to see just how much turnover the POTUS has produced since he came into office.
This list is extensive, but it doesn’t include most people who resigned (or were forced to resign) for reasons that either weren’t directly because of Trump or couldn’t be identified. For that, we’d need a directory.
Who is Gone?
• Deputy NSA, K.T. McFarland: “Forced to resign” on February 13, 2017. Part of the NSC shakeup after Trump took office.
• National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn: Allegedly “forced to resign” on February 13, 2017. Misled the public about interactions with Sergey Kislyak, a Russian ambassador to the United States.
• U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara: Fired on March 11, 2017. Fired during a mass purge of Obama-era staffers who had remained in the White House after Trump’s inauguration.
• FBI Director, James Comey: Fired on May 9, 2017. Trump stated Comey was fired “because he wasn’t doing a good job” with the Russia case.
• NSC Director, Rich Higgins: Details on exact date sketchy; fired sometime around July, 2017. Allegedly fired after caught sending out a conspiracy theory memo. Higgins’ memo suggested the POTUS was “under attack” by “globalists,” and terrorist regime
• Press Secretary, Sean Spicer: Resigned on July 21, 2017. Trump influenced his decision by hiring Anthony Scaramucci to the position of Communications Director.
• NSC Director for the Middle East, Derek Harvey: Fired on July 27, 2017. Dismissed for “disagreements” during an overall NSC shakeup after Trump stepped into office.
• Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci: Fired on July 31, 2017. Fired just 10 days after being hired after behaving inappropriately (expletives; ranting; false claims) in an interview with the New Yorker.
• Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus: “Resigned” on July 31, 2017. Allegedly forced into resigning so that Trump could hire John Kelly. Dismissal may also be tied to enmity with Anthony Scaramucci.
• Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon: Fired on August 18, 2017. Made controversial comments following a white supremacy event in Charlottesville, after which point he was ousted.B
• Deputy Assistant, Sebastian Gorka: “Forced to resign” on August 25, 2017. Allegedly a victim to John Kelly’s West Wing staff restructuring.
• Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates: Fired on January 30, 2018. Yates was removed after she refused to enforce Trump’s initial travel ban.
• Staff Secretary, Rob Porter: “Resigned” on February 8, 2018. Became a very public spectacle where two of his ex-wives claimed he was physically violent with them. Despite the claims, Trump wished him well and said he did a good job.
• Trump’s Personal Aide, John McEntee: Fired on March 12, 2018. Escorted out of the White House for an undisclosed “security issue.” Later revealed to be under investigation for serious financial crimes by the Secret Service.
• Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson: Fired on Tue March 13, 2018. Rumors of tension between Tillerson and the President in the preceding months.