There has been an almost constant stream of people jumping ship from the Trump administration from day one. Some have heard the ominous “You’re Fired” from Trump via his special courier, Keith Schiller. Many more have opted out on their own, choosing their own time and place to leave the whole mess in the rear view mirror.
POLITICO has heard from many people within the administration that are expressing the desire to jump, but not without a landing pad set up ahead of time. One Republican lobbyist reported to the outlet that he has been told of five officials seeking alternate employment at the present time:
‘There will be an exodus from this administration in January…Everyone says, ‘I just need to stay for one year.’ If you leave before a year, it looks like you are acknowledging that you made a mistake.’
Preparing for departure in January and in the meantime they are sending out feelers, having business lunches, and sending out resumes. Some headhunters in the Washington D.C. area are reporting that they have heard from several White House staffers.
One adviser in contact with several staffers has said:
‘There is no joy in Trumpworld right now. Working in the White House is supposed to be the peak of your career, but everyone is unhappy, and everyone is fighting everyone else.’
As stated in Rawstory, this is not something wholly different than most White House shifts — except that they usually last longer than a year:
‘Turnover is always high for White House political positions, which call for long hours in a high-stress, competitive environment — regardless of the president — but staffers usually wait until after an election to jump ship.’
There have been around 23 staffers that have already left the White House since the inauguration in January. Some of the big names — Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, and Sean Spicer among them.
The rapid turn-over is certainly not winning the Trump administration any points with Republicans, who are beginning to be frightened by the possibility of no one being left to liaison between them and the toddler sitting in the big chair. And worse — no one to talk him out of pressing that pretty red button in the briefcase. If this mass exodus does occur, we can expect a certain amount of chaos in the White House.
Keith Schiller was the most recent walk-away:
Featured image from YouTube video — Note that everyone in this image is gone except Trump and VP Pence