List of Trump administration dismissals and resignations

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Many political appointees of Donald Trump, the 45th and current President of the United States, have resigned or been dismissed. The record-setting turnover rate in the Trump Administration has been noted in various publications.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Several Trump appointees, including National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price have the shortest-service tenures in the history of their respective offices.[a]

For completeness, the list below includes, in addition to dismissals and resignations, routine job changes such as promotions (e.g. Gina Haspel from CIA Deputy Director to Director), officials moving to a comparable position (e.g. John Kelly from Secretary of Homeland Security to Chief of Staff), and acting or temporary officials being replaced by permanent ones.

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Executive Office of the President[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Reince Priebus
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White House Chief of Staff
January 20, 2017 July 31, 2017 His tenure may be considered the shortest in the office's history, excluding interim appointments, if James Baker's separate tenures as Chief of Staff under two different presidents (Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush) are combined (Baker served only 150 days as Bush's Chief of Staff).[10]
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White House Principal Deputy Chief of Staff
March 30, 2017 [11]
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White House Deputy Chief of Staff (Implementation)
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Kirstjen Nielsen
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White House Principal Deputy Chief of Staff
September 6, 2017 December 6, 2017 Left to become United States Secretary of Homeland Security.[12]
James W. Carroll February 9, 2018 Left to become acting director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy.
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Joe Hagin
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White House Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations)
January 20, 2017 July 6, 2018
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White House Deputy Chief of Staff (Policy)
March 16, 2018 Formerly the executive director of Donald Trump's presidential transition team, Dearborn was a Deputy Chief of Staff until resigning in March 2018,[13] reportedly to seek a job in the private sector.[14]
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Director of the Office of Chief of Staff
January 22, 2017 September 2017
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Steve Bannon
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Senior Counselor to the President
January 20, 2017 August 18, 2017 Returned to Breitbart News. Per some sources, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asked for his immediate resignation on August 18.[15] Bannon says he submitted a 2-week resignation notice on August 4.[16]
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White House Chief Strategist
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Dina Powell
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Senior Counselor to the President (Economic Initiatives)
January 22, 2017 January 12, 2018
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Deputy National Security Advisor (Strategy)
March 15, 2017 January 12, 2018
Nadia Schadlow January 21, 2018 April 27, 2018
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Special Advisor to the President on Regulatory Reform
January 20, 2017 August 18, 2017 He left amid concerns of conflicts of interest.[17][18][19][20][21]
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Reed Cordish
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Assistant to the President
(Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives)
February 16, 2018 Cordish said that he never planned to stay with the administration for more than a year and that his policy role was complete.[22]
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Sebastian Gorka
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Deputy Assistant to the President
January 20, 2017 August 25, 2017 Failed to obtain the security clearance necessary for work on national security issues.[23][24]
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Carlos Díaz-Rosillo
June 19, 2018 Left to work at the National Endowment for the Humanities as Senior Deputy Chairman.[25][26]
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Michael Anton
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Deputy Assistant to the President
(Strategic Communications)
February 8, 2017 April 8, 2018
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Special Assistant to the President
January 2017 September 5, 2017 [27]
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Reagan Thompson[28]
January 2018
(Appointed by Melania Trump)
July 2018
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Director of Policy for the First Lady
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Ray Starling
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Special Assistant to the President
(Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance)
February 2017 May 2018 Left to become USDA Chief of Staff.[29][30]
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Special Assistant to the President
(Domestic Energy and Environmental Policy)
April 2018 [31]
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Special Assistant to the President
(International Energy and Environment Policy)
February 14, 2018 Resigned after learning he would not be able to obtain a security clearance due to past marijuana use.[32]
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Special Assistant to the President (Legislative Affairs)
January 2017 January 2018 @JakeSherman (December 5, 2017). "White House leg affairs losing Ben Howard — heading back to the Hill to work for Scalise" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
Cindy Simms February 2017 March 2018
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Special Assistant to the President
(Office of Communications)
May 2017 June 2018 Mocked Senator John McCain in a May 2018 closed-door meeting in front of two dozen other staffers.[33]
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Special Assistant to the President
(Technology, Telecom, and Cyber-Security Policy)
February 23, 2017 March 2018 Left to join the private law firm DLA Piper.[34][35][36]
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Personal Aide to the President
January 20, 2017 March 13, 2018 He was fired and physically escorted out of the building due to an "unspecified security issue".[37][38] McEntee is reportedly under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes.[39] Within 24 hours, McEntee was hired by Trump's 2020 reelection campaign as a senior adviser for campaign operations.[38]
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Michael Flynn
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National Security Advisor
February 13, 2017 Resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature and content of his communications with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.[40][41] His tenure was the shortest in the office's history.[42][43]
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H. R. McMaster
February 20, 2017 April 9, 2018 In August 2017, McMaster was criticized after he fired several National Security Council staff members,[44][45][46][47][48] but Trump affirmed his confidence in McMaster.[49][50] On March 15, 2018, it was reported that Trump had decided to dismiss McMaster at a later, unspecified date.[51] McMaster resigned as National Security Advisor on March 22, 2018, effective April 9.[52][53][54]
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K. T. McFarland
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Deputy National Security Advisor
January 20, 2017 May 19, 2017 Reported not to be a good fit at the NSC,[55][56] she resigned after less than four months. Trump nominated her to be United States Ambassador to Singapore, but her nomination stalled and was withdrawn.[57]
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Ricky L. Waddell
May 19, 2017 May 15, 2018
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Mira Ricardel
May 15, 2018 November 2018 Reportedly leaving after disputes with Defense Secretary James Mattis and First Lady Melania Trump[58]
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Rob Joyce
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Homeland Security Advisor

April 10, 2018 May 11, 2018
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Deputy Homeland Security Advisor
October 13, 2017 April 10, 2018
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Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council
April 27, 2018 October 15, 2018 [59]
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Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Security Council
January 2017 July 2017 [60]
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Senior Director for Intelligence Programs of the National Security Council
August 2, 2017
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Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs on the National Security Council
February 2017 [61]
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Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense
April 2017 October 2, 2018 [62]
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Derek Harvey
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Member of the National Security Council
January 27, 2017 July 27, 2017
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Tom Bossert
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Homeland Security Advisor
January 20, 2017 April 10, 2018 Bossert's resignation came after John R. Bolton was announced as National Security Adviser, indicating Bolton's intentions to name his own people to supporting positions. Bossert had previously expressed interest in becoming involved in policy issues such as counterterrorism and cyberwarfare, but had spent much of his time as Homeland Security Adviser as the administration's face in dealing with hurricanes that affected Texas and Florida.[63]
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White House Staff Secretary
February 7, 2018 Porter resigned his position as White House Staff Secretary after domestic abuse allegations from both of his former wives came to public attention.[64]
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Sean Spicer
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White House Press Secretary
January 20, 2017 July 21, 2017 Spicer was also acting White House Communications Director January 20 – March 6, 2017 and June 2 – July 21, 2017. Announced his resignation July 21, 2017, although he remained at the White House in an unspecified capacity until August 31.[65][66] His tenure was the sixth-shortest in the office's history.[b][67]
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White House Director of Communications
March 6, 2017
June 2, 2017 July 21, 2017
Michael Dubke March 6, 2017 June 2, 2017 His tenure was the fourth-shortest in the office's history, excluding interim appointments.
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Anthony Scaramucci
July 25, 2017 July 31, 2017 His tenure was the shortest in the office's history, breaking the former record held by Jack Koehler.[68]
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Hope Hicks
August 16, 2017 March 29, 2018 From January to September 2017, she was White House Director of Strategic Communications, a role created for her. She was named White House Communications Director after the dismissal of Anthony Scaramucci. On February 27, 2018, Hicks told a Congressional committee that she had told "white lies" on Trump's behalf.[69][70][71] The next day, Hicks announced her intention to resign as White House Communications Director,[72][73] effective March 29.[74]
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders
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White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary
January 22, 2017 July 26, 2017 Became White House Press Secretary
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Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations
March 25, 2017
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Deputy White House Communications Director
January 20, 2017 February 28, 2018 Resigned in order to move back to New York City because of "family obligations".[75]
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Senior White House Assistant Press Secretary
July 25, 2017 White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci stated his intent to fire Short in an interview with Politico on July 25, 2017. Short resigned later that day.[76]
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Omarosa
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Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison
January 20, 2018 Resignation was announced on December 13, 2017,[77][78] Was reported that White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly fired Omarosa,[79][80] but Omarosa disputed the account, stating that she resigned.[81][82]
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Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council
January 22, 2017 December 2017
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White House Director of Budget Policy
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Keith Schiller
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Director of Oval Office Operations
January 20, 2017 September 20, 2017 Left reportedly after White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told him he needed permission to speak to the president and to provide written reports of those conversations.[83][84][85]
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Gary Cohn
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Director of the National Economic Council
March 13, 2018 Announcement followed Trump's proposal to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum, and Trump's cancellation of a meeting with end-users of steel and aluminium that Cohn had arranged in an attempt to dissuade the president from the planned tariffs.[86]
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Deputy Director of the National Economic Council for Economic Policy
January 22, 2017 January 2018 [87]
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George Sifakis
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Director of the Office of Public Liaison
March 6, 2017 September 25, 2017 Left after less than seven months.[88]
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White House Director of Advance
January 22, 2017 July 31, 2017
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Marc Short
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White House Director of Legislative Affairs
January 22, 2017 July 20, 2018 [89]
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Don McGahn
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White House Counsel
January 20, 2017 October 17, 2018[90] In August 2018, Pres. Trump tweeted that McGahn would leave after the Kavanaugh confirmation vote.[91]
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Makan Delrahim
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White House Deputy Counsel
January 20, 2017 September 28, 2017 Left to become United States Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Antitrust Division
Gregory G. Katsas January 22, 2017 December 8, 2017 Left to become Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Stefan Passantino January 20, 2017 August 2018
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White House Special Counsel
July 2017 May 2018
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Personal attorney for President Trump
June 2017 March 22, 2018 Dowd cited Trump's repeatedly ignoring advice, clashing over legal strategy, and the recent hire of attorney Joseph diGenova to the legal team as justification for his resignation,[92][93] while Trump cited his lack of confidence in Dowd to handle the investigation.[93]
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White House speechwriter
January 20, 2017 February 9, 2018 Sorensen resigned after his ex-wife Jessica Corbett detailed allegations of physical and emotional abuse during their two-and-a-half year marriage. Sorensen denied the allegations,[94] alleged that she had been abusive towards him and submitted his resignation.[95]
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White House speechwriter and Policy Aide to the President
August 19, 2018 [96]
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Ronny Jackson
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Physician to the President
July 25, 2013 March 28, 2018
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Chairman of the Strategic and Policy Forum

January 22, 2017 August 16, 2017 [97]
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Chris Christie
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Chair of the Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission
March 29, 2017 November 1, 2017
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Kris Kobach
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Vice Chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
May 11, 2017 January 3, 2018
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Eric Greitens
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Member of the Council of Governors
May 2017 June 1, 2018
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Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
January 20, 2017 March 27, 2017
Richard J. Baum March 28, 2017 February 9, 2018
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Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of National Drug Control Policy and White House Liaison
January 23, 2017 January 24, 2018 Formerly White House Liaison at the Office of National Drug Control Policy as a political appointee and Deputy White House Liaison/Special Assistant at the US Department of Treasury. Weyeneth was the Deputy Chief of Staff until resigning on January 24, 2018,[98] Hired by HUD, March 2018, in opioid policy; said in January he was "unfairly criticized".[99]
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Trade Representative

January 20, 2017 March 2, 2017
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Stephen Vaughn
March 2, 2017 May 15, 2017

Office of the Vice President[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Chief of Staff to the Vice President
January 22, 2017 July 28, 2017
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Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President
September 2017
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Marc Lotter
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Press Secretary to the Vice President
October 2017 [100]

Department of Agriculture[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Mike Young
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Secretary of Agriculture
January 20, 2017 April 25, 2017
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Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
October 10, 2017

Department of Commerce[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Kenneth E. Hyatt
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Under Secretary for International Trade
2016 January 2018
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Israel Hernandez
May 22, 2017 December 2017
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Elizabeth Erin Walsh
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Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets
August 17, 2017 May 3, 2018 Walsh was terminated on May 3, 2018 and escorted out of the Department of Commerce headquarters for unknown reasons. An internal investigation is being conducted.[101]
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Director General of the United States Commercial Service
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Mira Ricardel
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Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
September 11, 2017 May 14, 2018 Left to become the deputy national security advisor under John R. Bolton
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Chris Garcia
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Director of the Minority Business Development Agency
May 22, 2017 February 27, 2018 Washington Post reported that Garcia was one of four Department of Commerce appointees who departed over issues with their security clearance. However, Garcia stated in a brief interview that he had planned to leave the agency for several weeks.[102]
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Deputy Director of the Minority Business Development Agency

Department of Defense[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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John H. Gibson
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Deputy Chief Management Officer of Defense
November 29, 2017 February 21, 2018 Became Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense
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Robert Wilkie
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Under Secretary of Defense
(Personnel and Readiness)
November 30, 2017 July 30, 2018 Became the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
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Robert H. McMahon
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Assistant Secretary of Defense
(Logistics and Materiel Readiness)
November 30, 2017 August 15, 2018 Resigned to become Assistant Secretary of Defense (Sustainment)

Department of Energy[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Neil Chatterjee
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Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
August 10, 2017 December 7, 2017 Replaced by Kevin J. McIntyre
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Robert Powelson
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Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
May 8, 2017 July 1, 2018 Left to become the President and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies.

Department of Health and Human Services[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Tom Price
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Secretary of Health and Human Services
February 10, 2017 September 29, 2017 Resigned following scrutiny of his use of private charters and military aircraft for travel.[103][104][105] His tenure was the shortest in the office's history.[105]
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Don J. Wright
September 29, 2017 October 10, 2017
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Assistant Secretary for Health
February 10, 2017 February 15, 2018
Karen DeSalvo October 2014 February 2017
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Charmaine Yoest
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Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Public Affairs
May 14, 2017 February 28, 2018 Left to join Office of National Drug Control Policy.[106]
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Brenda Fitzgerald
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Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 7, 2017 January 31, 2018 Resigned due to scrutiny of her financial holdings, which included stock in Japan Tobacco.[107] Her tenure was the shortest in the office's history, excluding interim appointments.[108]
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Deputy Director of Communications
December 4, 2017 July 27, 2018 Resigned after reportedly making anti-Muslim comments.[109]

Department of Homeland Security[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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John F. Kelly
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Secretary of Homeland Security
January 20, 2017 July 31, 2017 Resigned to become White House Chief of Staff
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Elaine Duke
July 31, 2017 December 6, 2017
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Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
April 10, 2017 April 15, 2018
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Chief Information Officer of Homeland Security
April 2017 August 2017 [110]
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Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis
March 2017 August 2017
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Ronald Vitiello
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Chief of the United States Border Patrol
February 1, 2017 April 25, 2017 Resigned to become Acting Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection[111]
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Acting Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
April 26, 2017 June 30, 2018 Appointed as the deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as the acting director
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Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs
April 3, 2017 March 20, 2018
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Thomas Homan
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Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
January 30, 2017 June 30, 2018 Retired

Department of Housing and Urban Development[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Suzanne Israel Tufts
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Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Administration)
January 5, 2018 October 19, 2018 Resigned after controversy over being the next acting inspector general for the Interior Dept. [112]

Department of the Interior[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Economic Development for Indian Affairs
June 11, 2017 November 14, 2017 [113]

Department of Justice[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Jeff Sessions
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Attorney General
February 8, 2017 November 7, 2018 Resigned at the request of President Trump. Replaced temporarily with Matthew Whitaker.[114]
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Sally Yates
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Attorney General
January 20, 2017 January 30, 2017 Dismissed by President Trump on January 30, after she instructed the Justice Department not to make legal arguments defending Executive Order 13769.
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Deputy Attorney General
January 10, 2015
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Dana Boente
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Attorney General
January 30, 2017 February 9, 2017
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Deputy Attorney General
February 9, 2017 April 25, 2017
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Rachel Brand
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Associate Attorney General
May 22, 2017 February 20, 2018 Resigned to take a job as head of global corporate governance at Walmart.[115]
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United States Attorneys
Various March 10, 2017

On March 10, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested the resignations of 46 United States Attorneys.[116] Trump declined to accept the resignations of Dana Boente, who was serving as Acting Deputy Attorney General, and Rod Rosenstein, whom Trump had selected to become Deputy Attorney General.[117][118][119] Trump also allowed Deirdre M. Daly and Richard S. Hartunian to remain in office for a period of several months until they completed 20 years of service at the Justice Department.[120] Preet Bharara refused to resign and was fired.[121][122]

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James Comey
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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
September 4, 2013 May 9, 2017

Statements from Trump and the White House suggested that he had been dismissed to ease the "pressure" Trump was under due to the Russia investigation.[123][124][125] Later that month he arranged for a friend to tell the press about a memo he had written after a February 14 private meeting with the president. It said Trump had asked him to end the FBI's investigation into Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor. His dismissal, the memo, and Comey's subsequent Congressional testimony were interpreted by some commentators as evidence of obstruction of justice and became part of a widening investigation by Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel appointed to probe Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.[126]

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Andrew McCabe
May 9, 2017 August 2, 2017
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Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
February 1, 2016 January 29, 2018 Resigned after being repeatedly taunted by President Trump,[127][128] He then went on paid leave until his scheduled retirement date of March 18, 2018.[129] On March 16, 2018, Jeff Sessions fired McCabe 26 hours before his scheduled retirement.[130][131] Sessions said he based his action on reports from the DOJ Inspector General and the FBI's disciplinary office saying that McCabe had made unauthorized releases of information to the media and had "lacked candor" in talking about it. McCabe denied that he had ever been dishonest and charged that his firing was politically motivated.[132][133][134]
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Assistant Director for Public Affairs for the Federal Bureau of Investigation
September 2009 February 2018 [135]

Department of State[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Rex Tillerson
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Secretary of State
February 1, 2017 March 31, 2018 Fired March 13, 2018.[136] His tenure was the fifteenth-shortest in the office's 228-year history, and the third-shortest since World War II.[c] Tillerson is the only Secretary of State since at least 1945 to have been fired.[137]
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Thomas A. Shannon Jr.
January 20, 2017 February 1, 2017
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Deputy Secretary of State
February 1, 2017 May 24, 2017
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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
February 12, 2016 June 4, 2018
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Daniel R. Russel
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Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
July 16, 2013 March 8, 2017
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Mary Catherine Phee
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Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
December 12, 2017 March 2018
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William E. Todd
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Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
January 20, 2017 June 12, 2017
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Patrick F. Kennedy
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Under Secretary of State for Management
November 15, 2007 January 26, 2017
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Joyce Anne Barr
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Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
December 19, 2011 January 26, 2017
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Michele Thoren Bond
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Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs
August 10, 2015 January 27, 2017
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Arnold A. Chacón
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Director General of the Foreign Service
December 22, 2014 June 2, 2017
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Steve Goldstein
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Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
December 4, 2017 March 13, 2018 Shortly after President Trump dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 13, 2018, Goldstein released a statement that Tillerson did not know why he had been fired and that Tillerson had only learned of his firing that morning from Trump's tweet.[138][139] Goldstein's statement was seen as contradicting the official account of Tillerson's dismissal, which was that Tillerson was informed on March 9 that Trump intended to replace him,[140] and Goldstein was fired from his position.[138][139] According to Axios, Goldstein was disliked in the White House "and seen as openly anti-Trump."[141]
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Nikki Haley
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US Ambassador to the UN
January 27, 2017 December 2018 In October 2018, Ambassador Haley announced her resignation, effective by the end of the year.[142]

Department of the Treasury[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Drew Maloney[143]
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Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Legislative Affairs
August 2017 June 11, 2018

Department of Veterans Affairs[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Robert Snyder
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs
January 20, 2017 February 14, 2017
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David Shulkin
February 14, 2017 March 28, 2018 On March 28, 2018, Trump announced on Twitter that Shulkin had been fired.[144][145] Following his dismissal, controversy has erupted about efforts by the White House to privatize VA healthcare[146] and Shulkin's allegedly inappropriate taxpayer-funded foreign trips.[147]
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Robert Wilkie
March 28, 2018 May 29, 2018
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Peter O'Rourke
May 29, 2018 July 30, 2018
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Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
January 20, 2017 February 25, 2017
Scott Blackburn February 26, 2017 August 9, 2017
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Thomas G. Bowman
August 10, 2017 June 15, 2018 Retired[148]
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Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health
May 2017 September 25, 2017 [149]
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Peter Shelby
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Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Human Resources and Administration
February 24, 2018 Summer 2018 Retiered
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Donald P. Loren
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Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Operations, Security and Preparedness
February 24, 2018 Summer 2018 Retiered

Central Intelligence Agency[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
January 20, 2017 January 23, 2017
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Mike Pompeo
January 23, 2017 April 26, 2018 Became Secretary of State
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Gina Haspel
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Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
February 2, 2017 May 21, 2018 Became Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Independent agencies[edit]

Name Office Took office Left office Notes
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Richard Cordray
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Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
January 4, 2012 November 24, 2017 After President Trump was inaugurated, he and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney worked to undermine Cordray and the CFPB.[150]
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Chief of External Affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service
August 2017 January 19, 2018 Resigned in January 2018 after racist, sexist, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT and comments about fellow veterans with PTSD, came to light.[151][152]
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Scott Pruitt
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Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
February 17, 2017 July 9, 2018 Resignation tendered July 5, to be effective Friday, July 6, when the Deputy Administrator becomes Acting Administrator[153][154]
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Mignon Clyburn
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Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission
August 3, 2009 June 2018 Retired
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Walter Shaub
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Director of the Office of Government Ethics
January 9, 2013 July 19, 2017 Shaub was outspoken with concerns about the Trump administration during the transition period and after Trump's inauguration.[155][156][157][155][158][159] Shaub resigned six months before the end of his term, saying that ethics rules should be tighter.[160][161]
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Jeff Tien Han Pon
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Director of the Office of Personnel Management
March 9, 2018 October 5, 2018
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Althea Coetzee
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Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration
August 3, 2017 April 15, 2018 [162]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Excluding interim appointments.
  2. ^ Excluding interim appointments. Also excludes James Brady, who was permanently disabled by a gunshot wound 69 days into his tenure, and George Stephanopoulos, who briefed the press during his tenure as Communications Director though the title formally belonged to Dee Dee Myers.
  3. ^ Excluding interim appointments. Behind Edmund Muskie and Lawrence Eagleburger.

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