Tracking Trump Administration Turnover

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The recent departures of DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secret Service director Randolph Alles have been the latest in the historically high turnover among top officials in the Trump administration. The Onion takes a look at the administration’s highest-profile departures during President Trump’s two-plus years in office.

Steve Bannon:

The populist chief strategist was ousted from the White House when it became increasingly clear that his views on turning the U.S. into an ethnostate weren’t strong enough.


Gary Cohn:

Trump’s vocal support of white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville upset the former chief economic advisor so much that he resigned the very next eight months later.


First Melania:

The original first lady returned to her native Slovenia in May 2018.

Raj Shah:

The former deputy press secretary left the administration for the more traditional reason of joining a lobbying firm.


Rick Perry:

Actually, he’s somehow still there.

Sean Spicer:

Hey, remember when this guy was one of the most famous people in the world for a little while? Anyway, he resigned, and we’re not sure what he’s doing now.


Bill Shine:

The one-time communications strategist departed after it became clear his skills at covering up sexual harassment allegations would be put to better use in a role with Trump’s reelection campaign.



He mostly just delivered mail and coffee, but Ted brightened up any room he was in. Everyone’s excited he’s going back to school to be a nurse. Good luck, Ted!


Nikki Haley:

The resignation of Trump’s U.N. ambassador left his administration with one less person bizarrely perceived by the media as a moderate.


Kirstjen Nielsen:

Can hold her head high after spending two years at Homeland Security protecting Americans from threats both child and infant.