List of Trump administration dismissals and resignations
Many political appointees of Donald Trump, the 45th and current President of the United States, have resigned or been dismissed. The record-setting turnover rate in the Trump Administration has been noted in various publications.
Several Trump appointees, including National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price have the shortest-service tenures in the history of their respective offices.[lower-alpha 1]
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|Portrait||Name||Office||Took office||Left office||Tenure||Preceded by||Succeeded by||Notes|
|Sally Yates||United States Attorney General (acting)||January 20, 2017||January 30, 2017||10 days||Loretta Lynch||Dana Boente (acting)||Dismissed by President Trump on January 30, after she instructed the Justice Department not to make legal arguments defending Executive Order 13769,.|
|United States Deputy Attorney General||January 10, 2015||James M. Cole||Rod Rosenstein|
|Michael Flynn||National Security Advisor||January 20, 2017||February 13, 2017||24 days||Susan Rice||H. R. McMaster||Resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature and content of his communications with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. His tenure was the shortest in the office's history.|
|United States Attorneys||United States Attorney||Various||March 10, 2017||Various||
On March 10, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested the resignations of 46 United States Attorneys. Trump declined to accept the resignations of Dana Boente, who was serving as Acting Deputy Attorney General, and Rod Rosenstein, whom Trump had selected to become Deputy Attorney General. Trump also allowed Deirdre M. Daly and Richard S. Hartunian to remain in office for a period of several months until they completed 20 years of service at the Justice Department. Preet Bharara refused to resign and was fired.
|Katie Walsh||White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation||January 20, 2017||March 30, 2017||69 days (2 months, 10 days)||Kristie Canegallo||vacant|
|Vivek Murthy||Surgeon General of the United States||December 18, 2014||April 21, 2017||Boris Lushniak (acting)||Jerome Adams|
|James Comey||Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation||September 4, 2013||May 9, 2017||Robert Mueller||Christopher A. Wray||
Statements from Trump and the White House suggested that he had been dismissed to ease the "pressure" Trump was under due to the Russia investigation. Later that month he arranged for a friend to tell the press about a memo he had written after a February 14 private meeting with the president. It said Trump had asked him to end the FBI's investigation into Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor. His dismissal, the memo, and Comey's subsequent Congressional testimony were interpreted by some commentators as evidence of obstruction of justice and became part of a widening investigation by Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel appointed to probe Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
|K. T. McFarland||Deputy National Security Advisor||January 20, 2017||May 19, 2017||119 days (3 months, 29 days)||Avril Haines||Ricky L. Waddell||Reported not to be a good fit at the NSC, she resigned after less than four months. Trump nominated her to be United States Ambassador to Singapore, but her nomination stalled and was withdrawn.|
|Michael Dubke||White House Communications Director||March 6, 2017||June 2, 2017||88 days (2 months, 27 days)||Sean Spicer (acting)||Sean Spicer (acting)||His tenure was the fourth-shortest in the office's history, excluding interim appointments.|
|Walter Shaub||Director of the United States Office of Government Ethics||January 9, 2013||July 19, 2017||Don Fox (acting)||David J. Apol (acting)||Shaub was outspoken with concerns about the Trump administration during the transition period and after Trump's inauguration. Shaub resigned six months before the end of his term, saying that ethics rules should be tighter.|
|Sean Spicer||White House Press Secretary||January 20, 2017||July 21, 2017||182 days (6 months, 1 day)||Josh Earnest||Sarah Huckabee Sanders||Spicer was also acting White House Communications Director January 20–March 6, 2017 and June 2–July 21, 2017. Announced his resignation July 21, 2017, although he remained at the White House in an unspecified capacity until August 31. His tenure was the sixth-shortest in the office's history.[lower-alpha 2]|
|Michael Short||Senior White House Assistant Press Secretary||January 20, 2017||July 25, 2017||White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci stated his intent to fire Short in an interview with Politico on July 25, 2017. Short resigned later that day.|
|100px||Derek Harvey||Member of the National Security Council||January 27, 2017||July 27, 2017||181 days (6 months)|
|Anthony Scaramucci||White House Communications Director||July 25, 2017||July 31, 2017||6 days||Sean Spicer||Hope Hicks||His tenure was the shortest in the office's history, breaking the former record held by Jack Koehler.|
|Reince Priebus||White House Chief of Staff||January 20, 2017||July 31, 2017||192 days (6 months, 11 days)||Denis McDonough||John F. Kelly||His tenure was the shortest in the office's history, excluding interim appointments.|
|Steve Bannon||Senior Counselor to the President||January 20, 2017||August 18, 2017||210 days (6 months, 29 days)||John Podesta||Kellyanne Conway
|White House Chief Strategist||position established||vacant|
|Carl Icahn||Special Advisor to the President on Regulatory Reform||January 20, 2017||August 18, 2017||Position established||Vacant||He left amid concerns of conflicts of interest.|
|Sebastian Gorka||Deputy Assistant to the President||January 20, 2017||August 25, 2017||217 days (7 months, 5 days)||Failed to obtain the security clearance necessary for work on national security issues.|
|Keith Schiller||Director of Oval Office Operations||January 20, 2017||September 20, 2017||Brian Mosteller||Vacant||Left reportedly after White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told him he needed permission to speak to the president and to provide written reports of those conversations.|
|George Sifakis||Director of the Office of Public Liaison||March 6, 2017||September 25, 2017||203 days (6 months, 19 days)||Valerie Jarrett[lower-alpha 3]||Johnny DeStefano||Left after less than seven months.|
|Tom Price||Secretary of Health and Human Services||February 10, 2017||September 29, 2017||231 days (7 months, 19 days)||Sylvia Mathews Burwell||Alex Azar||Resigned following scrutiny of his use of private charters and military aircraft for travel. His tenure was the shortest in the office's history.|
|Richard Cordray||Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau||January 4, 2012||November 24, 2017||Raj Date (special adviser)||Mick Mulvaney (acting)||After President Trump was inaugurated, he and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney worked to undermine Cordray and the CFPB.|
|Dina Powell||Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy||March 15, 2017||January 12, 2018||303 days (9 months, 28 days)||Position established||Nadia Schadlow|
|Carl Higbie||Chief of External Affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service||August 2017||January 19, 2018||Resigned in January 2018 after racist, sexist, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT and comments about fellow veterans with PTSD, came to light.|
|Omarosa Manigault||Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison||January 20, 2017||January 20, 2018||Resignation was announced on December 13, 2017,  Was reported that White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly fired Omarosa, but Omarosa disputed the account, stating that she resigned.|
|Andrew McCabe||Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation||February 1, 2016||January 29, 2018||Mark F. Giuliano||David Bowdich (acting)||Resigned after being repeatedly taunted by President Trump, He then went on paid leave until his scheduled retirement date of March 18, 2018. On March 16, 2018, Jeff Sessions fired McCabe 26 hours before his scheduled retirement. Sessions said he based his action on reports from the DOJ Inspector General and the FBI's disciplinary office saying that McCabe had made unauthorized releases of information to the media and had "lacked candor" in talking about it. McCabe denied that he had ever been dishonest and charged that his firing was politically motivated.|
|Brenda Fitzgerald||Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||July 7, 2017||January 31, 2018||208 days (6 months, 24 days)||Anne Schuchat (acting)||Anne Schuchat (acting)||Resigned due to scrutiny of her financial holdings, which included stock in Japan Tobacco. Her tenure was the shortest in the office's history, excluding interim appointments.|
|Rob Porter||White House Staff Secretary||January 20, 2017||February 7, 2018||Joani Walsh||Derek Lyons (acting)||Porter resigned his position as White House Staff Secretary after domestic abuse allegations from both of his former wives came to public attention.|
|David Sorensen||White House speechwriter||January 20, 2017||February 9, 2018||Sorensen resigned after his ex-wife Jessica Corbett detailed allegations of physical and emotional abuse during their two-and-a-half year marriage. Sorensen denied the allegations, alleged that she had been abusive towards him and submitted his resignation.|
|Reed Cordish||Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives||January 20, 2017||February 16, 2018||Position established||Brooke Rollins||Cordish said that he never planned to stay with the administration for more than a year and that his policy role was complete.|
|Rachel Brand||United States Associate Attorney General||May 22, 2017||February 20, 2018||Tony West (2014)||Jesse Panuccio (acting)||Resigned to take a job as head of global corporate governance at Walmart.|
|Josh Raffel||Deputy White House Communications Director||January 20, 2017||February 28, 2018||Resigned in order to move back to New York City because of "family obligations".|
|Gary Cohn||Director of the National Economic Council||January 20, 2017||March 13, 2018||Jeffrey Zients||Larry Kudlow (designate)||Announcement followed Trump's proposal to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum, and Trump's cancellation of a meeting with end-users of steel and aluminium that Cohn had arranged in an attempt to dissuade the president from the planned tariffs.|
|John McEntee||Personal Aide to the President||January 20, 2017||March 13, 2018||Marvin D. Nicholson||TBD||Ended after he was escorted out of the building due to an "unspecified security issue". He was physically escorted from the White House grounds without being allowed to collect his belongings. McEntee is currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes. Within 24 hours, McEntee was hired by Trump's 2020 reelection campaign as a senior adviser for campaign operations.|
|Steve Goldstein||Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs||December 4, 2017||March 13, 2018||Richard Stengel||Heather Nauert (acting)||Shortly after President Trump dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 13, 2018, Goldstein released a statement that Tillerson did not know why he had been fired and that Tillerson had only learned of his firing that morning from Trump's tweet. Goldstein's statement was seen as contradicting the official account of Tillerson's dismissal, which was that Tillerson was informed on March 9 that Trump intended to replace him, and Goldstein was fired from his position. According to Axios, Goldstein was disliked in the White House "and seen as openly anti-Trump."|
|Rick Dearborn||White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy||January 20, 2017||March 16, 2018||Kristie Canegallo (Policy implementation)||Chris Liddell (Policy co-ordination)||Formerly the executive director of Donald Trump's presidential transition team, Dearborn was a Deputy Chief of Staff until resigning in March 2018, reportedly to seek a job in the private sector.|
|John M. Dowd||Personal attorney for President Trump||June, 2017||March 22, 2018||Dowd cited Trump's repeatedly ignoring advice, clashing over legal strategy, and the recent hire of attorney Joseph diGenova to the legal team as justification for his resignation, while Trump cited his lack of confidence in Dowd to handle the investigation.|
|David Shulkin||United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs||February 14, 2017||March 28, 2018||407 days||Bob McDonald||Robert Wilkie (acting)||On March 28, 2018, Trump announced on Twitter that Shulkin had been fired. Following his dismissal, controversy has erupted about efforts by the White House to privatize VA healthcare and Shulkin's allegedly inappropriate taxpayer-funded foreign trips.|
|Rex Tillerson||United States Secretary of State||February 1, 2017||March 31, 2018||396 days (1 year, 1 month, 12 days)||John Kerry||John Sullivan (acting)||Fired March 13, 2018. His tenure was the fifteenth-shortest in the office's 228-year history, and the third-shortest since World War II.[lower-alpha 4] Tillerson is the only Secretary of State since at least 1945 to have been fired.|
|Hope Hicks||White House Communications Director||August 16, 2017||March 29, 2018||225 days||Anthony Scaramucci||TBA||Hicks was press secretary and early communications director for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, as well as the national press secretary for his presidential transition team. From January to September 2017, she was White House Director of Strategic Communications, a role created for her. She was named White House Communications Director after the dismissal of Anthony Scaramucci. On February 27, 2018, Hicks testified to a Congressional committee that she had told "white lies" on Trump's behalf. The next day, Hicks announced her intention to resign as White House Communications Director, effective March 29.|
|H. R. McMaster||National Security Advisor||February 20, 2017||April 9, 2018||404 days||Michael Flynn||John R. Bolton (designate)||In August 2017, McMaster was targeted by what some deemed a "smear campaign" after he fired several National Security Council staff members. White House officials and journalists suspected Steve Bannon of leading these attacks. The anti-McMaster campaign prompted dismissive responses by administration officials, and a statement from Trump affirming his confidence in McMaster. On March 15, 2018, it was reported that President Trump had decided to dismiss McMaster from his position at a later, unspecified date. McMaster resigned as National Security Advisor on March 22, 2018, effective April 9.|
See also[edit | edit source]
- List of Donald Trump nominees who have withdrawn
- List of short-tenure Donald Trump political appointments
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Excluding interim appointments.
- Excluding interim appointments. Also excludes James Brady, who was permanently disabled by a gunshot wound 69 days into his tenure, and George Stephanopoulos, who briefed the press during his tenure as Communications Director though the title formally belonged to Dee Dee Myers.
- as Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.
- Excluding interim appointments. Behind Edmund Muskie and Lawrence Eagleburger.
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