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A Look At Who Has Been Sacked or Have Resigned Under Trump’s Presidency


ABUJA (Sundiata Post) Since he took office in January last year, American President, Mr Donald Trump has not only disagreed with members of the oppossition but even with his own cabinet members and other appointees.

Between that time and now, over 20 people have either been sacked or have resigned due to irreconcilable differences between them and the President. Ranging from issues on Russia’s alleged medling in US elections, to that of security and even race, Trump doesnt seem to consider too many alternatives to ‘You are fired,’ his former catchphrase as a judge on the popular TV show, The Apprentice.

Below, we take a look at a partial list of those who have either been sacked or have resigned as put together by Telegraph UK.

Rex Tillerson

Donald Trump ousted US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from the White House on March 13, announcing in a tweet that he was replacing him with CIA director Mike Pompeo.

Mr Tillerson, who, as America’s top diplomat, was third in line to the presidency after Mike Pence and Paul Ryan, had returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Mr Trump’s announcement. The evening before his dismissal, Mr Tillerson veered away from the official White House line on Russia as he commented on the UK’s investigation into the poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

The move comes after months of clashes between the president and his secretary of state, who was appointed in February last year. Mr Tillerson distanced himself from Trump’s comments on the violence in Charlottesville last summer.

It was thought that Mr Trump wanted to make the change before his proposed meeting with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, and the negotiations surrounding it.

James Comey

The Federal Bureau of Information director had been leading an investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to influence the election outcome when he was fired by Mr Trump in May.

Arguably the most controversial dismissal, Mr Comey’s firing sent shockwaves through Washington. The White House narrative about how and why Mr Trump dismissed the FBI director changed frequently in the days following the dismissal. However, Mr Trump admitted in an NBC interview: “When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,” he said.

Sally Yates

The acting US attorney general was fired by Mr Trump in January after she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to enforce Mr Trump’s controversial immigration ban.

The president accused Ms Yates of having “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”

Ms Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, said in an open letter that she is “not convinced that the executive order is lawful”.

Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Republican-led US Senate, called Mr Trump’s decision “chilling”.

Michael Flynn

Mr Trump’s national security adviser resigned in February after disclosures that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Mr Trump took office and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

Ms Yates later said Mr Flynn had left himself “compromised” by having a conversation with the Russian ambassador, and then lying to the vice president about it.

She said that the Russians knew the conversation with Sergey Kislyak had taken place, but the White House did not – meaning that Mr Flynn could be “essentially blackmailed by the Russians.”

Preet Bharara

The former leading prosecutor claims he was sacked by Donald Trump in March after refusing an order from the attorney general to resign.

Mr Bharara, a 48-year-old US attorney for the southern district of New York, made a name for himself taking on Wall Street corruption, terrorism and political malfeasance.

Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, issued an order that all 46 Obama-appointed prosecutors resign immediately. Mr Bharara refused to resign and so was subsequently fired.

Months later, he claimed Mr Trump had tried to contact him on three occasions. He said he refused to take the calls as he was uncomfortable about fostering close contact between the White House and independent criminal investigators.

Walter Shaub

The head of the US Office of Government Ethics stepped down in July before his five-year term was to end.

Mr Shaub, who also served during the administrations of Barack Obama and George W. Bush, had been an outspoken critic of Mr Trump over potential for conflicts of interest involving his business affairs.

He said: “In working with the current administration it has become clear to me that we need improvements to the existing ethics programme.”

Michael Dubke

The founder of Crossroads Media resigned as White House communications director in May. “The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration,” said Mr Dubke, in an email to friends, reported by Politico.

Mr Dubke’s resignation came amid criticism levelled at the White House over its communication strategy, in particular contradictions between the president and his press team.

Reince Priebus

The former chairman of the Republican National Committee resigned as chief of staff at the end of July amid an internal power struggle involving director of communication Anthony Scaramucci.

The departure came shortly after Mr Scaramucci delivered a foul-mouthed tirade to a journalist about Mr Priebus, accusing him of leaking to the media.

Mr Priebus was replaced by John Kelly. A confidant of the president said Mr Trump had lost confidence in Mr Priebus after major legislative items failed to pass the US Congress.

Sean Spicer

The White House press secretary, who was an experienced Republican operative, resigned on July 21, ending a turbulent tenure, after Mr Trump named Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.

Mr Spicer had reportedly told friends that if Mr Scaramucci, a Wall Street trader with no Republican Party credentials and no experience in handling media relations, was appointed then he would resign.

The 45-year-old had become perhaps the most recognisable face of Mr Trump’s administration – in part due to the savage mockery at the hands of Melissa McCarthy, who parodied him, to devastating effect, week after week on Saturday Night Live.

Michael Short

The senior White House assistant press secretary was Mr Scaramucci’s second victim. He resigned a few days following Mr Spicer’s departure and shortly after Mr Scaramucci had told Politico that he planned to get rid of him.

Mr Short’s ousting was seen as a warning from Mr Scaramucci to staffers perceived as leakers and to a communications department seen as loyal to Mr Priebus.

Mr Short insisted he had not been involved in any leaks. “Allegations I ever leaked anything are demonstrably false,” he said.

Anthony Scaramucci

Anthony Scaramucci was fired as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job – and just hours after former Gen. John Kelly took over as President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff.

Hoping to turn the page on a tumultuous opening chapter to his presidency, Mr Trump insisted there was “no chaos” in his White House as he swore in the retired Marine general as his second chief of staff.

Not long after, Scaramucci, who had shocked many with a profane outburst against then-chief of staff Reince Priebus, was gone.

The White Housesaid he was leaving because he “felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.” The three-sentence release concluded, “We wish him all the best.”

Steve Bannon

Combative and unapologetic, Steve Bannon was fired as chief strategist on August 18.

Mr Bannon, known for far-right political views, was a force behind some of Trump’s most contentious policies, including a travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority nations, and has fought with more moderate factions inside a White House riven with rivalries and back-stabbing.

His ouster came at a time when the president was increasingly isolated over his comments following white supremacist violence in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville.

As Trump came under fire from prominent fellow Republicans, business leaders and US. allies abroad, he faced mounting calls for Mr Bannon’s dismisal.

The former Goldman Sachs financier was employed by Mr Trump as his campaign manager in August 2016, and described at the time as “the most dangerous political operative in America”.

He urged Mr Trump to pursue a populist path, and pressed him to hammer Hillary Clinton as corrupt – reportedly coming up with the “lock her up” chant that reverberated around his rallies.

Sebastian Gorka

The right-wing British deputy assistant to the president cited “forces” that do not support the “Make America Great Again” agenda as the reason for departure in August 2017.

Earlier in the year, Mr Gorka, who grew up in West London, was pictured wearing a medal presented by an order that was “under Nazi control” during the Second World War.

Calls mounted for Mr Gorka’s resignation after he was pictured wearing the medal, which was presented by the Vitezi Rend, an order designated by the US government as “under Nazi control” during the Second World War when Hungary’s nationalist leader Miklos Horthy allied with Adolf Hitler and collaborated in the murder of hundreds of thousands of Jews.

Mr Gorka denied accusations that his ties to a Hungarian group linked to the Nazis are evidence of anti-Semitic views.

Tom Price

Mr Trump’s Health Secretary Tom Price, a key ally of the president charged with helping to repeal Obamacare, offered his resignation in September 2017 as the controversy over his travel arrangements showed no signs of abating.

Pressure had grown on Mr Price’s over his decision to spend at least $400,000 (£299,000) hiring private and military jets for himself and his staff.

It was a blow for Mr Trump who campaigned on a promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington if he won the presidency.

Omarosa Manigault

The former Apprentice contestant, who was on of Mr Trump’s most senior African American aides, resigned in December 2017 amid reports of a blazing row with John Kelly, Mr Trump’s chief of staff, at a Christmas party.

She said she saw things while working for the president that made her “very uncomfortable” and “unhappy”.

She did not deny claims she was concerned by Mr Trump’s stance on Charlottesville, where a woman died in clashes with white supremacists, and Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama senate candidate.

One prominent US reporter said Ms Manigault demanded her “full access” to Mr Trump be reestablished and even “cursed” at Mr Kelly in front of other guests.

Andrew McCabe

The FBI deputy director whom Mr Trump has repeatedly criticised in public announced he was stepping down from the role in January 2018.

Mr McCabe, who held the post since early 2016, will formally leave the FBI in mid-March when he becomes eligible for full retirement benefits.

The US president has effectively accused him of political bias in the past because Mr McCabe’s wife ran for a Virginia state senate seat as a Democrat.

Rob Porter

The White House staff secretary resigned in February 2018 following accusations of domestic violence against former partners

Mr Porter, 40, was described as one of the closest aides to Mr Trump, but handed in his resignation after the accusations surfaced.

A former chief of staff to Utah senator Orrin Hatch, Mr Porter was not a household name but found himself in the spotlight after he was spotted on what appeared to be a date with Hope Hicks, the former model who became Mr Trump’s communications director.

The Daily Mail published a copy of a protective order obtained by Mr Porter’s second wife in 2010 and later published photographs of Mr Porter’s first wife with a black eye she said came from Mr Porter punching her.

He described the accusations as “outrageous” and “simply false”.

David Sorenson

Days after Mr Porter resigned, David Sorensen, a White House speechwriter, stood down after his ex-wife claimed he was violent and verbally abusive during their two year marriage.

He denies the accusations, but said he was leaving the White House to avoid causing a distraction.
Hope Hicks

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of Mr Trump’s most trusted and longest-serving aides, abruptly announced her resignation in March, leaving a void around a president who values loyalty and affirmation.

The departure of Hicks, who worked as a one-woman communications shop during his campaign, came as a surprise to most in the White House – and cast a pall over the West Wing at a trying time for the president.

It left the president increasingly without support of the familiar aides who surrounded him during his campaign, and marks the latest in a string of high-level departures in the administration’s second year.

Hicks, 29, had a seemingly untouchable role in the West Wing. Perhaps most importantly, she served as Mr Trump’s glamorous shield and validator, always ready to provide the president with a smiling dose of positive reinforcement, and controlling reporters’ access.

She was the fourth person to occupy the position since the president was sworn in, as the Trump White House has set modern records for staff turnover.

Gary Cohn

Top economic adviser Gary Cohn announced he was leaving the White House on March 6, 2018, after breaking with President Donald Trump on trade policy.

Mr Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, had been the leading internal opponent to Mr Trump’s planned tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, working to orchestrate an eleventh-hour effort in recent days to get Mr Trump to reverse course. But Mr Trump resisted those efforts, and reiterated he would be imposing tariffs in the coming days.

In a statement, Mr Cohn said it was his honour to serve in the administration and “enact pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people.”

The president praised Mr Cohn despite the disagreement on trade, issuing a statement saying he had “served his country with great distinction.”

A former Goldman Sachs executive, My Cohn joined the White House after departing the Wall Street firm with a $285 million payout. He played a pivotal role in helping Mr Trump enact a sweeping tax overhaul, coordinating with members of Congress.

Mr Cohn nearly departed the administration last summer after he was upset by the president’s comments about the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr Cohn, who is Jewish, wrote a letter of resignation but never submitted it.

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