With the May resignation of White House communications chief Mike Dubke, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of who’s spinning through the Trump Adiministration’s revolving door these days. One thing is for sure: the turnover rate at the White House is unbelievably unhealthy. Making sense of that chaos in the midst of new bits of anarchy unveiling daily is incredibly difficult, so we’ve decided to keep a list of all the firings, almost-hirings and resignations so far. This list is subject to change, most likely by tomorrow.
REFUSED AN APPOINTMENT
Rudy Giuliani: Campaign darling Rudy Giuliani informed CNN’s Richard Cuomo that he had been a prime contender for two prestigious cabinet positions. He refused to name them, and chose to take himself out of the running for either.
Robert S. Harward After the resignation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s first choice for National Security Adviser was ex-Navy SEAL Robert Harward. A source told the New York Post that “Harward is conflicted between the call of duty and the obvious dysfunctionality.” Slate reported that after Trump’s explosive first press conference as a sitting president, Harward viewed the situation as a “shit sandwich.”
Vincent Viola The appointment of this West Point alum and investor turned billionaire has been one rare point of agreement between Trump and "Cryin’ Chuck” Schumer. Unfortunately their bi-partisan honeymoon was cut short by Viola’s refusal to accept the nomination for Army Secretary. Viola reportedly worried about conflicts of interest due to his business ties, meaning that he showed more caution than the current president.
Mike Huckabee Ardent right-winger and Christian theocrat Mike Huckabee told Bill O'Reilly that he turned down a cabinet offer from Trump in December.
Monica Crowley After a controversy involving plagiarism of her own book and her Columbia PhD thesis, Monica Crowley opted out of the running for the position of senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.
Ben Carson The embodiment of a compelling study in the relativity of intelligence, presidential candidate Ben Carson refused to to join Trump’s cabinet as Secretary of Health and Human Services. In a bit of delicious irony, the person who tried to run the free world worried about the fact that “he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.” Yet he somehow still accepted a position as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Sally Yates After refusing to uphold Trump’s travel ban due to its perceived unconstitutionality, Sally Yates was fired from her position as Acting Attorney General.
James Comey FBI director James Comey was fired for an ever evolving list of reasons. Underlings at the White House tried to spin it as the idea of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, whose recommendation Trump followed. In an interview with Lester Holt, Trump contradicted the official story. Rather than claiming the firing was due to Rosenstein’s recommendation, or Comey’s mishandling of the Clinton email fiasco, Trump contended it had to do with the Russia investigation. This firing is an ever-evolving bit of White House turmoil that will be discussed for months to come.
Preet Bharara One of 46 Obama appointed attorneys asked to resign by President Trump, Preet Bharara refused. He was then fired from his position.
Angella Reid Angella Reid, the first woman to serve as the White House chief usher, was fired on May 5th. She oversaw “construction, maintenance, remodeling, food, as well as the administrative, fiscal and personnel functions” of the White House. Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that her firing was nothing more than the routine transition of White House staff. Typically these positions are consistent for a decade, but Reid was fired after six years. Some suspect that her closeness to the Obama family may have been an extenuating motivator for the firing.
Michael Flynn After it was revealed that Michael Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence concerning his contacts to Russian state actors, Flynn resigned as a means of damage control. Now he’s being subpoenaed Congress and is reportedly going to plead the fifth as a protection against self-incrimination. These revelations have put Flynn at the forefront of the Russia-probe, and may place him as one of the prime persons-of-interest in the ongoing investigation.
Andrew Puzder As anyone is firmly aware, a Carl’s Jr. executive has precisely the resumé a Cabinet member needs. Puzder was reportedly interested in the position, but withdrew his name from consideration after a 1990 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show surfaced with Puzder’s ex-wife alleging domestic abuse.
Michael Dubke Dubke, the chief PR strategist for the Trump Administration, resigned in May for “personal reasons.” This is the most recent of the seemingly perpetual White House shake-up, with Dubke expressing surprise that the public wasn’t made aware of this until May 30th.
As you can see, the Trump administration’s idea of constantly “winning” looks a lot like losing. This list will be updated as more changes in the administration occur.