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White House Cabinet Departures Rumored to Continue After Midterms

As many as six Cabinet officials may resign or be fired as “unprecedented” turnover continues

(L-R) Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, US Attoney General Jeff Sessions, and US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis watch the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 30 January 2018. This is the first State of the Union address given by US President Donald J. Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress.US President Donald J. Trump delivers his State of the Union to Congress, Washington, USA - 30 Jan 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is among those expected to leave the administration after the midterms.

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President Donald Trump might as well install a revolving door in the front of the White House, so frequent have been the firings and resignations in his administration. They have been so numerous, the New York Times characterized the turnover as “unprecedented.” Now even more administration officials are rumored to be leaving after the midterm elections, Politico reported.

Among those who have announced they are leaving or who may leave after the midterms are:

  • Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis
  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
  • Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

They would join the many administration officials who have left in the two years since Trump was inaugurated. That list includes, “a secretary of State, an Environmental Protection Agency administrator, a secretary of Health and Human Services, a secretary of Veterans Affairs, and a chief of staff. Two of Trump’s early Cabinet secretaries, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and former DHS Secretary John Kelly, also shifted jobs internally, with Pompeo becoming secretary of State and Kelly taking over as White House chief of staff,” Politico wrote.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has been keeping track of the departures from the administration, but they became so numerous she ran out of room on her jumbo screen to list them all.

Rachel Maddow in front of a list entitled Trump Administration Departures

Of course, we must remember that it was Trump who promised nothing but the very best people in his White House. “There are those that are saying it’s one of the finest group of people ever assembled as a candidate — as a Cabinet. This is a tremendous amount of talent,” the president said at a Cabinet meeting on October 17, 2017. Now, five of those tremendously talented individuals are rumored to be on the way out, almost exactly a year later.

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