Kathryn Dunn Tenpas has been keeping track of White House staff turnover since the late 1990s, but until President Donald Trump took the oath of office, the Brookings Institution senior fellow told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “no one’s ever cared about it.”
Turnover in the Trump White House is, well, huge. The president loves to compare himself to his predecessor, and in this department, Trump exceeds President Barack Obama exponentially. In the first year of the Trump White House, turnover was more than triple that of Obama’s freshman year.
Already Trump has burned through four communications directors — five if you count Sean Spicer twice for his stints doing double duty as press secretary/comms director — as well as hired three national security directors — Mike Flynn, H.R. McMaster and John Bolton — and two chiefs of staff.
As a reality TV show host, Trump famously told contestants, “You’re fired.” Tenpas uses a
Trump’s Turnover Is Huge