It was a catchphrase from his days as host of The Apprentice and, now in the White House, Donald Trump has shown he’s still happy to tell someone: You’re fired.
Since his inauguration on the 20th January 2017, Trump has either fired or been involved in the resignation of 25 high level individuals.
Sally Yates, Acting Attorney General – January 31 2017
31st January 2017, Acting US attorney general Sally Yates was fired by the President after she defied Trump over his controversial travel ban.
Yates had ordered Justice Department lawyers not to enforce Mr Trump’s immigration ban targeting seven Muslim-majority nations.
Michael Flynn, National Security Advisor – February 14 2017
14th February 2017, Michael Flynn is forced to resign due to break-down in trust of the president and vice president. In his letter Flynn states “I inadvertently briefed the vice-president elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador”
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Preet Bharara, a very high-profile federal prosecutors, said he was fired after refusing to submit a letter of resignation to try and remove the remaining U.S. attorneys who were part of the Obama administration.
James Comey, FBI Director – May 9 2017
President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on the 9th May 2017 abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether anyone associated with the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election APT – Trump and Russia
The official reason that Donald Trump gave for firing FBI Director, James Comey was because he was following advice from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Over the next few days, Trump gave 7 reasons as to why he fired Comey, they were as follows:
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White House communications director Mike Dubke stepped down in May after just three months.
It was reported that Trump had become frustrated with members of his teama number of indivduals blaming some of his administration’s problems on the communications strategy.
US government ethics chief Walter Shaub resigned after clashing with Trump.
On stepping downhis resignation, Shaub, who had served three presidents, said it had “become clear to me that we need improvements to the existing ethics program”.
Shaun Spicer, White House Press Secretary – 21 July 2017
Press secretary Sean Spicer quit after the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci.
Spicer had experienced a number of challenges as press secretary and had made a number of blunders.
Reince Priebus, Chief of Staff – 28 July 2017
Chief of staff Reince Priebus was fired after being made the subject of a foul-mouthed tirade by Anthony Scaramucci.
The former Republican National Committee chairman was supposed to bring integrity to the Trump administration, but his tenure was largely notable political blunders and all-around chaos.
Michael Short, White House Press Aide – July 25 2017
White House press aide Michael Short resigned on 25th July, after intense speculation over whether he would be fired by Anthony Scarmucci.
“I have resigned, effective immediately,” Short said in a brief text message. “It was a privilege to serve the President of the United States.”
Anthony Scaramucci, White House Communications Director – August 1 2017
White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci has been sacked after just 10 days in the West Wing.
Scaramucci had caused chaos in the White House after describing then White House chief of staff Reince Priebus as a “paranoid schizophrenic” and in reference to Trump’s chief strategist, he said: “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock.”
Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist – August 18 2017
Bannon’s exit came just three weeks after retired General Kelly took over as chief of staff.
When Bannon left the White House, he said that he would be “going to war for Trump against his opponents”. Unfortunately for Bannon, he provided a large amount of material to Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff. Bannon then lost the support of Breitbart and Trump himself.
Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to the President – August 25 2017
The former Breitbart staffer and Steve Bannon ally was a deputy assistant to Trump.
His departure came one week after Bannon left the administration to return to Breitbart.
Tom Price, Health Secretary – September 29 2017
Price had chartered private air travel for himself to the tune of more than $1m, Price apologized, offered to pay back the money and ultimately resigned. At the time Trump called Price a “very fine man” but said he did not like the “optics”.
Omarosa Manigault-Newman, Director of Communications for Office of Public Liaison – December 13 2017
Omarosa, a former Apprentice contestant, never had an especially clear role in the administration, so the exit was not particularly surprising.
Rob Porter, Staff Secretary – February 7 2018
Porter resigned after both of his ex-wives went public with reports of domestic abuse. Porter’s first wife, told the Daily Mail that he was “verbally, emotionally and physically abusive”.
It was later reported that Porter had been working with access to sensitive government documents without a full security clearance, in large part because of the outstanding allegations against him.
Hope Hicks, Communications Director – February 28 2018
Hicks resigned one day after an appearance in from of the House Intelligence Committee.
Hicks was instrumental in the formation of the White House’s defense around the Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign members and the Russians, and admitted telling “white lies” on the president’s behalf during her appearance before the House intelligence committee.
Gary Cohn, Director of National Economic Council – March 6 2018
Cohn had reportedly considered the president “dumb as shit”, according to the journalist Michael Wolff in his book Fire and Fury.
Cohn ultimately left the White House as he disagreed with Trump’s plan for tariffs on steel and aluminum
Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State – March 13 2018
Tillerson’s relationship with Trump had been problematic ever since it was reported that Tillerson called Trump a “fucking moron”.
Ultimately Tillerson was disposed of, most probably because of disagreement with Trump over how to handle North Korea.
Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director of the FBI – March 16 2018
McCabe was fired 28 hours before he was scheduled to retire with his pension from the FBI. The former deputy director had already resigned his post in January after repeated criticism by Trump.
He was on paid leave at the time he was fired by the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for “misleading investigators”.
HR McMaster, National Security Advisor – March 22 2018
McMaster and Trump were reportedly at odds over key foreign policy issues involving North Korea and Russia.
David Shulkin, Veterans Affairs Director – March 28 2018
Rumors had circulated before his dismissal of a toxic atmosphere in the VA department, with Shulkin banning some employees from his floor and keeping an armed guard outside his office during the work day.
In February the inspector general’s report suggested Shulkin inappropriately used taxpayer money to fund a trip to Europe for his wife and lied to cover it up.
Scott Pruitt, Head of the US Environmental Protection Agency – July 5 2018