Donald Trump’s tenure in office has thus far been marked by chaos. WIth a new scandal daily, a gridlocked government, and never-ending stream of resignations and firings in the White House, it’s clear that Trump is more than a little out of his depth.
In fact, it’s expected that the end of the year will bring a wave of White House resignations like never before seen. From Reuters:
‘U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s expected exit from the Trump administration is one of many staff changes likely as President Donald Trump nears the end of his first year in office, with sources saying top economic adviser Gary Cohn and son-in-law Jared Kushner could be among those who depart.’
Rumors of Tillerson’s unhappiness in the White House have persisted for months. Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Rex Tillerson had referred to Trump as a “fucking moron.” That statement allegedly came in response to Trump’s desire for nuclear escalation.
Tillerson and Trump denied the reports, and then Trump went ahead and proceeded to undermine that denial with his own insecurity. He immediately challenged Rex Tillerson to an IQ test competition (or something).
Jared Kushner has also been facing growing pressure for some time. His well-publicized feud with Chief of Staff John Kelly has resulted in a loss of power and free access to the president for Kushner, and increased heat from the press has caused concern for Donald Trump on behalf of his children. However, recent reporting suggests that Kushner doesn’t intend to leave until he absolutely has to – in fact, according to Kushner, he and Ivanka want to buy a house in DC.
While some insiders believe that legal pressure in connection to Mueller’s probe could push Kushner out, it seems somewhat likely the opposite will happen. The Trump family will probably stay as close to the insulating comfort of power that they can.
Yet those are far from the only two who could quit at the start of the year. As Reuters goes on to report,
‘More junior-level advisers could also use the completion of Trump’s first year and tax legislation as a pivot point to move on, leading to another period of uncertainty that has at times overshadowed Trump’s tenure, which began on Jan. 20.
‘“It may be February, it may be March, it may be April, but I think once you get to that time period, people are going to feel as though they’ve kind of put their time in,” said one person with close ties to the White House.
‘“You’re definitely going to see some people leave after tax cuts get done,” said a separate Trump adviser, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the administration.’
White House economic advisor Gary Cohn seems to intend to stay, telling reporters “It’s my plan to stay and work as long as I can help the president drive his economic agenda.” This stands in contrast to plans earlier in the year, which had him leaving after the goal of restructuring our tax system to grossly benefit the rich is complete.
After clashing with Trump over Trump’s support for white supremacists, Cohn’s time in the White House seemed short, yet now things have returned to some semblance of stability.
It’ll be interesting to see who leaves and who stays over the coming months – and Trump’s reaction, especially as the Mueller probe draws closer to his inner circle.
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