One thing is certain about the Trump administration – it’s been an administration of chaos and high turnover. Very few of the original Trump team are still working in the White House, and the exodus of staff leaving the team continues with sources saying two more will be leaving.
CNN reported Friday that Vice President Mike Pence would lose two of his aides in the early days of January. Those two aides would include his chief counsel Mark Paoletta and Pence’s director of domestic policy Daris Meeks.
In addition to Paoletta and Meeks, Pence’s chief of staff Josh Pitcock and press secretary Marc Lotter would be calling it quits.
CNN gave a profile of Paoletta:
‘Paoletta serves as Pence’s chief counsel, the top lawyer in his office. In his role, he advised on all legal matters. Paoletta was ‘very involved’ in helping with the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination, according to one source familiar with his position.’
What CNN failed to mention, however, was the why behind Paoletta’s resignation. Why would the top lawyer of the vice president resign? Why would he do so when he had been with the VP since his days in Congress? Could it be Paoletta is trying to jump in a lifeboat before the ship goes down? It’s wholly possible.
Paoletta, however, is not completely departing the staff as he will continue his role with the Office of Management and Budget.
CNN also described Meeks’ role in Pence’s office:
‘Meeks serves as Pence’s director of domestic policy, another top position who advised Pence on major issues such as tax reform and health care reform this last year. Meeks is expected to go back to the private sector, according to two people with knowledge of his plans.’
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CNN also failed to mention the why behind Meeks’ departure. Meeks also worked with Pence during his time in Congress. So, let’s ask the same question. Why would a long-time aide leave their position with someone they’ve worked with for years? The world may never know.
These two are just a tiny drop in a pond full of departures the White House has seen as of late. Business Insider listed top members of the administration that have left the White House so far. Those members include Omarosa Manigault, Tom Price, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon, Anthony Scaramucci, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Michael Dubke, Walter Shaub, James Comey, Michael Flynn, Sally Yates, Preet Bharara, and Katie Walsh.
A few of those listed were appointed by President Barack Obama, so their departures could be expected.
However, much more are expected to leave, and we can only wonder why. Some have cited they never planned to be in the game for very long. With the release of Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House though, we may get an idea from an insider’s look into the chaos of the White House.
With the constant revelations coming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and possible collusion with Russia, you can surely expect several more aides to jump ship and perhaps give up the juicy details that we’re dying to know.
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