Donald Trump's White House: Everyone Who Has Left And Everyone Who Is Left

Donald Trump's White House: Everyone Who Has Left And Everyone Who Is Left
Donald Trump's White House: Everyone Who Has Left And Everyone Who Is Left REUTERS

It seems like every week there are new reports of yet another person leaving the Trump White House. Bloomberg reported that almost half of the people who have held top positions within the White House have left.

Considering that Trump became famous for saying "you're fired" during his years as host of the NBC reality-competition show The Apprentice, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he's had this much turnover. But the White House isn't a reality show, Americans aren't accustomed to such a high rate of turnover in the capital. NPR reports that Trump has had more cabinet-level turnover in the first 14 months of his administration than 16 of his predecessors had in their first two years in office.

"President Trump doesn't pay much attention to tradition or usual decorum or norms of the presidency," James Pfiffner, a public policy professor, told NPR. He went on to say Trump focuses more on personal rapport. "And so he does what he feels like, and continues to."

To Trump's credit, the high turnover rate isn't entirely because of firings. Many prominent members of Trump's administration have resigned, either for personal reasons or for scandal. Multiple members of the administration have been at the center of controversies involving misuse of taxpayer money for personal travel, security, or even office decorations like the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development's Ben Carson spending $31,000 on a dining room set for his office (he testified to Congress that the purchase was actually a safety issue, because the chairs to the table replaced were breaking on people, and the nails in the table were posing a threat to wayward limbs).

So who is left? Test your knowledge of the news and see if you can spot the members of the Trump administration who are still there. There's no prize involved besides the knowledge that you're a savvy purveyor of the news, which should be prize enough.

Kelly Sadler
Kelly Sadler (press aide). Still there? Nope. It took a while after she joked about Sen. John McCain's cancer diagnosis, but as of June 5, 2018, she's out at the White House. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Tom Price
Tom Price (Secretary of Health and Human Services). Still there? Nope. He left on September 29, 2017, after a big controversy over his spending while secretary. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
John Kelly
John Kelly (Chief of Staff). Still there? Yes, but the most exciting rumor in Washington, D.C. is about when Kelly will resign and/or get fired. So far, Kelly remains in Trump’s good graces, saying in a statement following recent reports that he called Trump an “idiot,” “...I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship.”REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Reince Priebus
Reince Priebus (Chief of Staff). Still there? Nope. His departure (or firing?) was announced by Trump via Twitter. His last day was July 28, 2017.REUTERS/Carlos Barria
David Shulkin
David Shulkin (Secretary of Veterans Affairs). Still there? Nope. Trump fired Shulkin via tweet. He left office March 28, 2018, and then days later penned an op-ed for the “New York Times” criticizing Washington and the Trump administration. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Betsy DeVos
Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education). Still there? Yes. In an administration filled with controversy, DeVos holds her own. A polarizing figure and regularly the subject of vocal protests, DeVos has become a central figure in the Trump administration, despite the public backlash to her appointment. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Angella Reid
Angella Reid (chief usher for the White House). Still there? Nope, and this one is strange. The position of the White House usher is usually one that doesn’t have much turnover. Reid, the first woman and the second African American to serve in the position, was first appointed by the Obama administration. But in May of 2017, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, “She is no longer employed here,” and went on to say, “...it’s not uncommon you might have a transition of staff when a new administration comes in.” There have only been nine White House ushers since the beginning of the 20th century. Kwaku Alston/ESSENCE
Ben Carson
Ben Carson (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development). Still there? Yep. Like other members of Trump’s administration, Carson has been the subject of accusations of misuse of funds, like spending $31,000 on a dining set. He recently hired his son as his deputy chief of staff. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque