The most notable firings and resignations in the Trump White House

Laura Christensen
July 30, 2017

If President Donald Trump called the "central casting" office that he often invokes to send over the archetypical military man to knock sense into his team as chief of staff, it would likely dispatch John F. Kelly to the White House. His bluster and bluntness served him well as a Marine; he could afford to make enemies more easily when given political cover by the secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

Trump's comments were met with laughter from his law enforcement audience, but quickly came under broad criticism for their apparent endorsement of police brutality."Law enforcement officers are trained to treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with dignity and respect", said a statement from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Before Spicer and Priebus, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned in February over allegations of improper contacts with Russian Federation, and former White House Communications Director Mike Dubke resigned in May.

Republican Lindsey Graham of SC, a frequent Trump critic, welcomed Kelly as "one of the strongest and most natural leaders I've ever known".

Several administration positions that were usually managed by the chief of staff now reported directly to Mr Trump.

Spicer's deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was quickly named the new White House Press Secretary.

His departure follows a series of public attacks from newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, a Washington outsider and former Wall Street financier.

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The Border Patrol has regularly reported finding suspected immigrants inside trucks along the United States border with Mexico. The employee brought water for the man, then called police and asked them to conduct a welfare check, McManus said.

Trump tweeted that Kelly "has been a true star of my administration". Scaramucci called Priebus a "f***ing paranoid schizophrenic" in a conversation with a reporter from the New Yorker and said Priebus would be forced to resign.

The White House has questioned the neutrality of Mr Mueller and sought to discredit him over his friendship with the sacked former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey.

He doubled down on that sentiment earlier this year when he appeared before the House Homeland Security Committee and said he believes that "smugglers" were bringing "tens of thousands of people to our nation's doorstep" from across the border "mostly from Central America and Mexico". Those orders have been stripped down by courts pending a Supreme Court review this fall.

Kelly has, however, clashed with congressional Democrats in recent months because he has indicated the Trump administration was unlikely to continue the Obama-era DACA program that protects certain eligible youth from deportation if they were brought to the US illegally by their parents. Yet, just days after taking office, he had to lead the agency as it dealt with the chaos and confusion that ensued at airports in the USA and around the world.

First, Kelly must persuade his boss to take it down a notch and focus on the job instead of creating spectacles and fighting with his enemies, real and imagined.

"I'm not going to get into the weeds on that", Preibus said.

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