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"You're fired": Donald Trump turns faster and faster at the personnel carousel - an overview

Even as president, Donald Trump remains true to his former television motto: As the protagonist of the reality TV show "Celebrity Apprentice", he got used to sending outgoing "co-stars" into the desert with the words "You're fired" . Even as the most powerful man in the world, Trump does not seem to want to say goodbye to this slogan anytime soon. And so there are layoffs and more or less voluntary resignations. Here are the most important ones at a glance:


Post: Acting Minister of Justice
Dismissed on: January 30, 2017 (10 days in office)
Successor: Dana Boente (acting), later: Jeff Sessions

Actually appointed to the cabinet by Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, Sally Yates agrees to take over the post of acting attorney general until the Senate officially approves a new incumbent. A week later, Donald Trump tries to enforce his controversial "Travel Ban" by decree. Yates takes a stand against the proposed law to prevent citizens of certain Muslim countries from entering the United States. The 56-year-old was then informed of her dismissal after only ten days in office. The Trump administration calls Yates ‘public opposition treason.


Post: National Security Advisor
Resigned on: February 13, 2017 (23 days in office)
Successor: Keith Kellog

Like Sally Yates, former General Michael Flynn was in office under President Obama. However, after just two years, the Obama administration is pressuring him to give up his post as military advisor prematurely. Obama explicitly advises Trump against offering Flynn a position in the White House. Nonetheless, he makes the general a national security advisor. When it turns out that Flynn had made questionable phone calls to the Russian ambassador before Trump took office, the adviser resigned at Trump's request. Even so, the president criticizes the public criticism of Flynn as a media campaign.


Post: FBI director
Dismissed on: May 9, 2017 (3.5 years in office)
Successor: Christopher Wray

The Obama-appointed director of the Federal Police FBI is completely unexpectedly fired by Trump in early May. The President gives various reasons for this. One is "this Russia thing", that is, Comey's investigation into the dubious Russia contacts of Trump's campaign team. After Comey's expulsion, the pressure on Trump continues to increase. The Ministry of Justice even appoints a special investigator to investigate the Russia affair. In addition, Comey testifies in the Senate that he was harassed by Trump for the investigation into the campaign team. That feeds the suspicion of obstruction of justice. Curious: Comey is not informed of his dismissal by Trump. Instead, he hears about it on television.


Post: Press officer and communications director
Resigned on: July 21, 2017 (6 months in office)
Successor: First of all, Anthony Scaramucci

The press spokesman is stepping down at the end of July after Anthony Scaramucci has been appointed head of communications - and thus his new supervisor. Together with the then Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Spicer opposed the appointment of Scaramucci, according to media reports. The departure of his spokesman will undoubtedly be appreciated by Trump. The president has probably been dissatisfied with Spicer for a long time: Spicer looked unhappy and was repeatedly dragged through the cocoa by comedy shows because of his sometimes strange appearances in front of the press. The Spicer parody by the well-known actress Melissa McCarthy attracted particular attention.




Post: chief of staff
Resigned on: July 28, 2017 (6 months in office)
Successor: John F. Kelly

Just a week after Sean Spicer, the chief of staff also throws down. This was preceded by a campaign by the new head of communications against Priebus, apparently at least partially with Trump's blessing. Anthony Scaramucci accuses the chief of staff of being behind providing inside information to the media. In a phone call with a reporter, he even insulted Priebus as a "damn paranoid schizophrenic". But Priebus' departure is mainly due to the fact that Trump does not think he is assertive enough to manage the White House and cooperation with Congress. Priebus Six months in the White House is the shortest time a US Chief of Staff has ever spent in office.


Post: Communications director
Dismissed on: July 30, 2017 (10 days in office)
Successor: Hope Hicks (interim)

With just ten days, the communications director holds the record - no other high-ranking government employee of Trump has been in office so short. With his bullying against Priebus, Scaramucci obviously acted in the interests of the president. But he has overstepped the curve. In a phone call with the reporter, for example, he covered Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon with filthiness. It does not help Scaramucci that he asserts that the statements were not intended for publication. His dismissal was apparently initiated by the new chief of staff, John Kelly. According to the US broadcaster CNN, the ex-general is of the opinion that Scaramucci lacks discipline for the job. Scaramucci's most absurd appearance: When he kissed the assembled reporters goodbye after his first press conference in the White House.


Post: Chief strategist and consultant
Resigned on: August 18, 2017 (7 months in office)
Successor: unexplained

It is an end with announcement. In the week before Steve Bannon announced his resignation, rumors spread that Trump wanted to part ways with his chief strategist. Numerous American media representatives assume that the former chairman of the right-wing media company Breitbart-News has to serve as a pawn after Trump failed to effectively distance himself from the racist incidents in Charlottesville, Virginia. It remains to be seen whether the president will take a politically more moderate course after Bannon's departure. Steve Bannon had always warned of the threat from Islamists. He spoke out against the admission of Syrian refugees and was considered to be the source of ideas for Trump's controversial entry ban, the so-called "Muslim ban". It is also questionable whether the members of the racist "alt-right" movement, with whom Bannon and Breitbart News are particularly popular, will turn their backs on the president after this personnel decision.


Post: Special Advisor to the President on Financial Regulation

Resigned: August 18, 2017 (211 days in office)

Carl Icahn is a real estate billionaire and an old business partner of Donald Trump. After The New Yorker magazine reported on Icahn's various conflicts of interest, he resigned.


Post: Member of the National Security Advisory Team

Dismissed / resigned on: August 25, 2017 (208 days in office)

It is still not clear whether Sebastian Gorka left the White House voluntarily or was fired. Gorka was at the core of those controversial employees who came into the presidency's orbit with Stephen Bannon. A week after Bannon, Gorka's time on the national security advisory team also ended.


Post: Minister of Health

Resigned on: September 29, 2017 (232 days in office)

The Minister of Health preferred to use government aircraft for his business trips, although according to government guidelines he should use cheap flights. Price claimed there were no airline flights at the same time. He later admitted his wrongdoing and resigned from office.


Post: Deputy FBI Chief

Resigned on: January 29, 2018 (374 days in office)

Trump actually didn't want McCabe in the office of deputy FBI chief. The reason was McCabe's relationship with James Corney, whom Trump had fired as FBI chief in May 2017. In the absence of other options, Andrew McCabe was appointed acting FBI chief. McCabe was planning to retire in March 2018. Under pressure from Trump, he announced his withdrawal in January 2018 and was released until March.


Post: Director of the Federal Agency for Health and Prevention

Resigned on: January 31, 2018

In her role she was responsible for educating people about health risks. However, Fitzgerald invested her money in tobacco companies, breweries and soft drinks manufacturers. Fitzgerald had only bought the company shares when she took up her new office.


Post: Secretary of staff

Resigned on: February 7, 2018 (384 days in office)

As Secretary of Staff, Porter was responsible for the President's papers. Porter was forced to resign after his ex-wives accused him of physical violence. He himself denies the allegations.


function: Speechwriter

Resigned on: February 9, 2018 (257 days in office)

The President's speechwriter resigned to prevent possible harm. His ex-wife Jessica Corbett had publicly accused him of running the car over her foot and stubbling a cigarette in her hand. Sorensen denied these statements and claimed to have been the actual victim of the marriage.


function: Communications Director

Resigned on: February 28, 2018

Hicks is a former model and has worked for Trump's company. During the election campaign, she switched to the election campaign team as a spokesperson. Donald Trump is said to have trusted her particularly. The communications director's office was also right next to the oval office. Hicks is said to be in a relationship with ex-staff secretary Rob Porter, who had to leave after allegations of domestic violence (see above).


function: Chief Economic Advisor in the White House

Resigned on: March 6, 2018 (411 days in office)

Gary Cohn is a former top executive at Goldman Sachs. Cohn waived at least $ 20 million a year for his office in the White House. When Trump announced punitive tariffs on aluminum and steel, he resigned from his position as economic advisor.


function: Foreign Minister

Fired on: March 13, 2018 (405 days in office)

successor: Mike Pompeo

The former Exxonmobil boss was publicly at odds with President Trump. In August 2017, the foreign minister had distanced himself from Trump's controversial reaction to the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville. Tillerson's statements caused a stir that talks were being held with North Korea.


function: National Security Advisor

Fired on: March 23, 2018 (415 days in office)

successor: John Bolton

The replacement of McMaster had been speculated in Washington for some time. Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, will take over the post. Like the designated new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he is considered a hardliner in foreign policy. Bolton is a sharp critic of Iran and has repeatedly spoken out against the nuclear deal with Tehran. After Michael Flynn and Herbert Raymond McMaster, Bolton is the third head of security within a year. McMaster is also retiring from military service.

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