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Who Will Leave Trump White House Next? Administration Said to Be in ‘Chaos’ Amid Russia Probe, Kushner Scandals

Scandals, ever-growing perceptions of “chaos” inside the West Wing and blasts on Twitter have once again increased speculation over a massive staff exodus from President Donald Trump’s White House.

Over the last few days, Trump has seen one of his longest-serving aides announce her pending exit, unflattering reports involving his son-in-law clashing with the White House chief of staff and the decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs potentially signaling the end of his top economic adviser’s tenure.

At the same time, Trump is at very public loggerheads with his Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the Russia investigation and an internal probe over surveillance warrants and the president's former campaign.

The president is reportedly “mad as hell” about the chaos that’s consumed his administration this week, Axios reported Thursday citing sources close to Trump

The perceived instability may have reached a tipping point for the president when White House Communications Director Hope Hicks announced Wednesday that she would soon be leaving her post. Hicks was one of the original members of the Republican Trump’s campaign and was long viewed as one of the few people in which the president retained complete trust.

Her announcement came a day after she testified to the House Intelligence Committee that she had told “white lies” while working for Trump, according to lawmakers. She denied, though, that any of the lies involved alleged links to Russia or collusion with Russia to win the election.

Prior to Hicks’s announcement, Trump lashed out Wednesday at Sessions’s decision to have the Justice Department’s inspector general investigate possible abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Trump described Sessions’s choice as “disgraceful.”

Sessions responded with a statement and apparent pledge to carry out the nation’s laws with impartiality.

“As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this Department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution,” Sessions said.

The very next day, reports surfaced about National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn possibly fleeing for the exit. The former has reportedly clashed with Trump several times over foreign policy and strategy though Trump derided the NBC News report of his imminent axing as “fake news” during an Oval Office meeting. He added that McMaster was doing a “great job.”

But Trump did call out McMaster last month after the Army general spoke in Germany about Russia meddling in the 2016 election.

“General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company! ” the president tweeted February 17.

Trump’s decision and announcement Thursday to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum evidently did not sit well with former Goldman Sachs executive Cohn. Cohn had reportedly tried to stop Trump from imposing the tariffs, and it could be enough for Cohn to leave, one unnamed source told Politico. Though another said it was unclear if the 57-year-old would actually depart.

Cohn appeared ready to leave the administration in August after Trump failed to promptly and succinctly denounce white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his blaming of “both sides” for the deadly clashes.

Trump also has the drama between Chief of Staff John Kelly and son-in-law and senior adviser Kushner to consider. The president had left the decision of Kushner’s security downgrade to Kelly, a blow that reportedly shook up Kushner’s power within the White House.

Trump was angry about the coverage of Kushner and his daughter and adviser Ivanka and even suggested that the couple could pack up and head back to New York, according to The Washington Post.