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A REVOLVING DOOR

By Charles Apple
The Spokesman-Review

Not only does President Donald Trump face dire reports of his financial status, stiff opposition from Democrats and ever-growing COVID-19 numbers, he has also dealt with turnover within his administration – the most turnover in the past 40 years, in fact.

Here’s a look at the numbers, as compiled by the Brookings Institution:


Turnover in Trump’s cabinet

Trump saw five Cabinet-level appointees depart during his second year in office – the most since Year 3 of George H.W. Bush’s administration. This chart shows only the first four-year term of the four presidents who served two terms:


Departures

John F. Kelly

HOMELAND SECURITY

Departed: July 28, 2017

Promoted to White House Chief of Staff


Tom Price

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Departed: Sept. 29, 2017

Resigned under pressure


Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY OF STATE

Departed: March 13, 2018

Resigned under pressure


David Shulkin

VETERANS AFFAIRS

Departed: March 28, 2018

Resigned under pressure


Jeff Sessions

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Departed: Nov. 7, 2018

Resigned under pressure


Jim Mattis

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

Departed: Dec. 20, 2018

Protest resignation


Ryan Zinke

SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR

Departed: Dec. 15, 2018

Resigned under pressure


Kirstjen Nielsen

HOMELAND SECURITY

Departed: April 7, 2019

Resigned under pressure


Alex Acosta

SECRETARY OF LABOR

Departed: July 12, 2019

Resigned under pressure


Rick Perry

SECRETARY OF ENERGY

Departed: Oct. 17, 2019

Resigned


Turnover in senior White House staffers

What’s more, at least 91 percent of Trump’s senior White House administrator positions have turned over at least once since he took office in 2017. Twenty-two of those were due to promotions, but 21 were resignations and 16 were resignations under pressure.

A number of White House leadership positions have turned over several times, researchers at the Brookings Institution say:

Positions have been filled 6 times

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

Positions have been filled 5 times

DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR EUROPE AND RUSSIA

Positions have been filled 4 times

CHIEF OF STAFF

PRESS SECRETARY

DIRECTOR OF OVAL OFFICE OPERATIONS

DIRECTOR OF PRESIDENTIAL ADVANCE

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

PRESIDENTIAL ADVANCE/HOMELAND SECURITY AND COUNTERTERRORISM

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL

WHITE HOUSE DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

Positions have been filled 3 times

CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE VICE PRESIDENT

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

PRINCIPAL DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC LIAISON

DIRECTOR OF PRESIDENTIAL PERSONNEL

DEPUTY WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL SENIOR DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR AFRICA

DOMESTIC POLICY COUNCIL DIRECTOR CHAIR, WHITE HOUSE

COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS

Sources: The Brookings Institution, Time magazine, Axios.com, NBC News, Government Executive, Politico, NPR, BBC, Politifact | ALL PHOTOS FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS