People are leaving the White House in record numbers

Donald Trump is breaking records – but maybe not in the best way.

More than one in three Trump administration staffers left in the first year, a pace eclipsing the rate of departures for the five previous administrations.

It’s hard to keep up, but here are just a few high profile departures:

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Michael Flynn

National Security Adviser
Jan. 20 – Feb. 13, 2017

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James Comey

FBI Director
Jan. 20 – May 10, 2017

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Sean Spicer

White House Press Secretary
Jan. 20 – July 21, 2017

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Reince Priebus

White House Chief of Staff
Jan. 20 – July 28, 2017

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Steve Bannon

White House Chief Strategist
Jan. 20 – Aug. 18, 2017

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Omarosa Manigault Newman

Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison
Jan. 20, 2017 – Jan. 20, 2018

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Hope Hicks

Communications Director
Announced resignation Feb. 28, 2018

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Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State
Feb. 1, 2017 – March 13, 2018

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David Shulkin

Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Feb. 14, 2017 - March 28, 2018

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Tom Bossert

Homeland Security Adviser
Jan. 20, 2017 - April 10, 2018

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Lots and lots – and lots – of people have left this White House at very senior levels in a very short period of time.

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The absence of prior White House experience… was glaring… such inexperience may have led to poor performance and a slew of first-year departures.

Kathryn Dunn Tenpas

Brookings Institute

That’s not all. The chaos of Trump’s first year is reflected and refracted in all sorts of different ways.

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One is his historically low poll numbers. Another is the White House’s struggles to stay on message.


The staff turmoil and turnover shows no signs of slowing or stopping.

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Even chief of staff John Kelly remains under fire for his handling of the Rob Porter abuse allegations.

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