New reports have shown that President Trump has the highest level of first-year staff turnover of any White House in 40 years.
The Daily Caller reported that it was just revealed that Trump has one of the highest White House senior staff turnover rates in modern history, as 21 of the 61 Trump senior officials tracked have either resigned, been fired or reassigned. This was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which cited data from the Brookings Institution that found that 34 percent of senior officials were either fired or resigned within the first year of Trump’s presidency.
Brookings Institution scholar Kathryn Dunn-Tenpas clarified that the only modern presidency with a comparable turnover rate was that of Ronald Regan, who had 17 % of his senior staff leave in his 1st year in White House.
“The first year always seems to have some missteps on staffing, often because the skills that worked well running a campaign don’t always align with what it takes to run a government,” she said. “In this case, it’s a president with no experience in government and people around him who also had no experience. It’s not surprising that it’s higher than normal, but it’s still surprising it’s this high.”
Trump’s first national security advisor Mike Flynn set the record for the shortest amount of time in this position when he was fired after 25 days. This record was beforehand held by President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s national security advisor William Harding Jackson, who served in the post for a time of 129 days. White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was just in the position for 10 days, making him one of the shortest-lived White House senior staffers in modern memory.
A senior administration official clarified that the high turnover rate shouldn’t be credited to employing blunders.
“Is it a mistake to have to fire people? You’re asking, did he make a mistake in hiring them in the first place? You have to be more specific about people,” the senior administration official said. “I know we love to learn the more generic points of palace intrigue than the finer points of policy sometimes, but we have a really good team here. And we have a team that is very well managed by the chief of staff.”