Fired and Resigned: A Recap of Trump’s First Seven Months
The casualties line up as yet another official, this time Reince Priebus, has resigned from the Trump administration.
What began as a cleansing of then-Attorney General Sally Yates just over a week after his inauguration turned into a series of terminations and seemingly forced resignations from the U.S. President.
46 U.S. attorneys were asked to resign in March, and when Preet Bharara declined, he became the second notable person to be outright fired by President Trump.
With the purge of Obama-era attorneys out of the way, FBI Director James Comey was the next to go. The firestorm that erupted in May died down after the so-called “Comey hearings” in June, but there were many questions surrounding the legitimacy of his termination.
It’s not just those who were directly fired by the Trump administration, though. Most people were simply forced to resign. Michael Flynn is one of the most notorious, lasting around three weeks as the national security adviser before being caught up in a Russian scandal.
Mike Dubke, former communications director for the President, resigned around the time of the Comey firing. Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently resigned from his post as well, putting an end to the late night reenactments of his press briefings.
As for Reince Priebus, the former White House Chief of Staff just could not withstand the public humiliation forced upon him by White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci was reportedly the reason for Spicer’s resignation.
Many threats of firing have also occurred within President Trump’s first seven months in the White House. Special Prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III was warned not to look into Trump’s businesses, and while not given a specific threat to getting fired, the intent was still there.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was warned that he had to get enough votes in the Senate to remove Obamacare or else he would be fired. He’s also joked about firing U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, as well as White House Advisor Stephen Bannon.
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