“Unplanned and frequent employee turnover is generally regarded as bad for business.” – Chron.com
This Administration is a lurid mix of bold corruption, breathtaking incompetence, and, I don’t know, is there are word that combines ignorance, cruelty, and greed? As of the morning of September 7th, 2017, after a mere 8 months in office, the rotating door that is the Executive Branch has seen 78 major position changes. Cabinet level members, Department Heads, Assistant Deputies, and other major figures that have been hired and fired, sometimes with mere hours on the job.
“High employee turnover is usually an indication that there are problems with the management of the company, including incompetence.” – Careertrend.com
6 Cabinet level nominees have withdrawn their own names (Daniel A. Craig withdrew his name for nomination because of questions about him falsifying records)
61 Executive Branch employees have resigned or quit
11 have been fired
As has been stated before, the rate of change makes it nearly impossible to have an accurate count. These changes happen weekly, and to make matters worse, it is never clear if the person in question quit, resigned, or was fired. Reasons are seldom given. For a candidate whose business acumen was a central piece of the campaign Trump appears to be the absolute worst businessman; who for all of his “deal-making” hype seems unable to get any legislation signed, in spite of the fact that the Republicans control the entire government. I guess racism and bigotry don’t make a good platform for governance.
It is worth mentioning that as of May 2017, only 5% of Executive Branch positions have been filled. It is difficult to find more current data on this, apparently journalists have moved onto other stories.
Here is the current casualty list –
Stanley Fischer – Federal Reserve Vice Chairman submits resignation, Sep 2017.
Keith Schiller – Director of Oval Office operations resigns, Sep 2017.
Javier Palomarez – president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, resigns from Trump’s WH National Diversity Council due to DACA decision Sep 2017.
William C. Bradford – Head of the Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy, resigned after comments he made that “questioned Obama’s birth certificate and called the former president’s mother “a fourth-rate porn actress and whore.” Aug 2017.
Cristin Dorgelo – resigned from the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, Aug 2017.
Christy Goldfuss – vice president at the Center for American Progress, resigned from the National Infrastructure Advisory Council Aug 2017.
DJ Patil – a political independent who was formerly U.S. chief data scientist under Obama resigned from the National Infrastructure Advisory Council Aug 2017.
Daniel Tangherlini – former administrator of the General Services Administration. resigned from the National Infrastructure Advisory Council Aug 2017.
Daniel Kammen – Science Envoy for the Department of State, resigned Aug 17.
Andy Hemming – White House director of rapid response, resigned Aug 2017.
Rev. A.R. Bernard – resigned from the Presidents Evangelical Council Aug 2017.
Tracey Ann Jacobson – a career foreign service officer who served as acting director of the Bureau for International Organization Affairs, resigned from the State Department Aug 2017.
William Rivington Brownfield, who has been serving as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, resigned from the State Department, Aug 2017.
Kristie Kenney, one of the most senior foreign service officers in the State Department, resigned from the State Department, Aug 2017.
John Heffern State Department’s top official for European affairs, resigned Aug 2017
Kenneth Frazier – Merck CEO, resigns from American Manufacturing Council, Aug 2017.
Kevin Plank – Under Armour CEO, resigns from American Manufacturing Council, Aug 2017.
Brain Krzanich – Intel CEO, resigns from American Manufacturing Council Aug 2017
Scott Paul – President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, resigned from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, Aug 2017.
Steve Bannon – Chief White House Strategist – fired (Who knows what actually happened here. The pundits have put out numerous different and conflicting stories – resigned, quit, fired. All part of the smokescreen of lies that are the daily chore of this administration), Aug 2017.
Richard L. Trumka AFL-CIO, resigns Representative to Presidential Counsel on Manufacturing, Aug 2017.
Thea Lee – Depucty Chief of Staff AFL-CIO, resigns as representative to Presidential Counsel on Manufacturing, Aug 2017.
Denise Morrison – Campbell Soup, resigns from the Presidential Counsel on Manufacturing, Aug 2017.
Inge Thulin – 3M , resigns from the Presidential Counsel on Manufacturing, Aug 2017.
Jeff Immelt – Chairman of GE, resigned from the American Manufacturing Council, Aug 2017.
Carl Icahn – special advisor to the president on regulation, resigned, Aug 2017.
Ezra Cohen-Watnick – National Security Council senior director for intelligence, fired Aug 2017.
James Comey – FBI Director, fired by Trump. Reasons not clear. May 2017.
Steven Groves – Chief of Staff to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, quit Jul 2017.
Jonathan Wachtel – communications director to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, quit Jul 2017.
Richard Staropoli – the chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security has resigned from his position after only three months on the job. Aug 2017.
Anthony Scaramucci – White House Communications Director, fired. July 2017.
Angella Reid – White House Chief Usher, fired May 2017. reason unknown.
Charles Brotman – Inauguration Announcer, fired Jan 2017, no reason given.
John Thompson – U.S. Census Bureau Director, resigned May 2017, no official reason given.
K.T. McFarland – Deputy National Security Advisor, fired from the NSC, Apr 2017.
Michael Short – White House Aid, resigned Jul 2017, reason unknown.
Reince Preibus – White House Chief of Staff, fired Jul 2017 “…failed to impose order on a chaos-racked West Wing”.
Walter Shaub – Director of the Office of Government Ethics, quit Jul 2017 “…after condemning the president for using his hotels and other properties for government business in what is in effect a free advertising campaign”.
Andrew Puzder – Nominee for Labor Secretary, withdrew name 15 Feb 2017.
Bob Iger – Advisor to Trumps Strategic and Policy Forum, quit Jun 2017 – “because Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord.”
David Rank – Acting US Ambassador to China, quit Jun 2017. “disagreed with Trumps climate change policies”.
Elon Musk – Advisor to Trumps Strategic and Policy Forum, quit Jun 2017. “because Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord.”
Gentry O. Smith – Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, quit Jan 2017 “Signaling a lack of faith in the incoming administration and the new Commander in Chief”.
James Runcie – Head of the Dept. Education Student Financial Aid Office, resigned May 2017. “I cannot in good conscience continue to be accountable as Chief Operating Officer given the risk associated with the current environment at the Department”
Jason Miller – Trump campaign’s senior communications adviser, withdrew name from consideration for “family reasons”.
Joyce Anne Barr – Assistant Secretary of State for Administration, quit Jan 2017 “asked to leave by Trump administration”.
Katie Walsh – Deputy Chief of Staff, quit Mar 2017. “A former RNC staff member said of her – ‘she won’t be missed’”.
Marc Kasowitz – Trump’s personal lawyer, resigned Jul 2017 – “ProPublica published several profane emails he sent to an individual telling him to stop defending the president.”
Mark Corallo – Spokesman for the White House legal team, resigned Jul 2017 – “Tension between the White House and the Trump legal team”.
Mark Green – Nominee for Secretary of the Army, withdrew name May 2017 – “…amid a growing whirlwind of controversy surrounding comments he made in the past, especially about LGBT people”.
Michael Flynn – National Security Advisor, fired Feb 2017 by Trump for “lying to the Vice Presedeint.”
Michele Bond – Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, quit Jan 2017. “asked to leave by Trump administration”.
Mike Dubke – White House Communications Director, resigned May 2017 – “The communications operation — and Dubke and Spicer specifically — have come under sharp criticism from Trump and many senior officials in the West Wing, who believe the president has been poorly served by his staff”.
Patrick Kennedy – State Department’s Undersecretary for Management, quit Jan 2017
Phillip Bilden – Nominee for Secretary of the Navy, withdrew name Feb 2017 “over financial concerns”.
Preet Bharara – US Attorney, fired Mar 2017 by Trump for not resigning.
Rumana Ahmed – National Security Council, quit Jan 2017. “When Trump issued a ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all Syrian refugees, I knew I could no longer stay and work for an administration that saw me and people like me not as fellow citizens, but as a threat.”
Sally Yates – Acting Attorney General, fired Jan 2017 by Trump for “betraying the Department of Justice”.
Sean Spicer – White House Press Secretary, resigned Jul 2017 – “telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with his appointment of Anthony Scaramucci”.
Vincent Viola – Nominee for Secretary of the Army, withdrew nomination Feb 2017 “over concerns about the complicated task of divesting from his many business interests”.
Daniel A. Craig – FEMA Deputy Director Nominee, withdraws his name after NBC questions on falsified records. Sep 2017.
Daniel Cashman, EAMP, MS(AOM)