President Donald Trump’s remarkable pace of Cabinet turmoil continues. Between 5 p.m. Friday and 9:15 a.m. Saturday he announced that Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney would take on double duty as his chief of staff and that his embattled interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, was on the way out.

Trump’s Cabinet has seen more turnover than any other recent President’s at this point in his term, and things show no sign of quieting down. A quick tally of the turnover thus far:

  • More Cabinet-level officials have left Trump’s administration during two years than left either of the last two presidents’ teams in four, according to the Brookings Institution.
  • On January 1, four of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries will be working temporarily on an acting basis.
  • One Cabinet member, Mulvaney, will start doing two Cabinet jobs in the new year.
  • One position is being downgraded from Cabinet level.
  • Three positions will require confirmation hearings for new secretaries early in the new year.
  • Nine of 24 current Cabinet-level positions have seen turnover – more than 37%.
  • Trump has had trouble finding suitable replacements for key posts like White House chief of staff and attorney general.

Here’s a look at where things stand with his Cabinet:


Three Cabinet officials will leave the administration at the end of the year. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley resigns and that position will be removed from the Cabinet. Interior Secretary Zinke has been pushed out under fire from the outside and White House chief of staff John Kelly has been pushed out under fire from Trump. Before naming Mulvaney, Trump was turned down by his favored chief of staff replacement, Vice President Mike Pence’s top aide Nick Ayers, who is now leaving the White House altogether to run a pro-Trump super PAC.

Filling a vacancy

Keeping his day job as OMB director won’t make Mulvaney’s new role as interim White House chief of staff any easier. He’ll be in charge of managing access to Trump and keeping aides jockeying for position in line.

Plus, there are currently two and soon-to-be three acting secretaries in Trump’s Cabinet.

Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist who worked in the George W. Bush administration, will take over at Interior for Zinke and is a contender to get the job permanently

Andrew Wheeler has carried on in Scott Pruitt’s mold on the policy front at the Environmental Protection Agency. While Trump has announced his intent to name Wheeler to the job permanently, he hasn’t yet filed the necessary paperwork.

The situation for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is more tenuous. The White House broke protocol to put him in the role, bypassing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It’s unclear how extensively Whitaker was vetted, considering the amount of heat he has drawn over his ties to a patenting company shut down by the government this year over allegations of fraud. His days in the administration are numbered