Over the course of the last year, resignations and firings have become fairly commonplace around the White House. Whereas some administration officials have understood of their own accord the inability to work with the current president and his outrageous agenda, some have fallen subject to being fired, with both forms of departures causing concern regarding the inherent operations of the White House. Considering the record-breaking turnover rate in the Trump administration, those working with him have attempted to maintain an extent of damage control over the firings and resignations, and are quickly learning that controlling the fire is an impossible task with President Trump.
On Thursday afternoon, Trump took it upon himself to make the bombshell announcement that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will be replaced by former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, seemingly catching those within his cabinet off-guard. Given the array of firings that have taken place since just the beginning of this year, cabinet officials were aiming to minimize public backlash by grouping numerous firings into a single announcement, as opposed to doing so one by one which would evidently cause greater detrimental media attention.
According to a report by POLITICO:
‘President Donald Trump’s decision to abruptly fire national security adviser H.R. McMaster surprised senior White House aides who had been preparing a single statement announcing the departure of multiple top Trump officials, according to two senior administration officials.
White House chief of staff John Kelly and other top aides were waiting for inspector general reports that they believed would deliver devastating verdicts on Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who have both been accused of racking up extravagant expenses.’
Despite the fact that the announcement regarding the departures of the aforementioned individuals, which was awaiting the reports that would have taken roughly another week or so, Trump’s tendency towards sporadic behavior showed his inability to not only conduct firings in a professional manner, but also to consult with his top aides regarding the matter at hand. Rather than allowing those best fit to handle the negative attention that has come with each subsequent firing of a White House official, Trump’s thirst for any kind of attention got the better of him, and his administration.
H.R. McMaster firing upends plan to oust other top Trump officials
Chief of staff John Kelly had been weighing a single announcement on the departure of McMaster, David Shulkin, and possibly other officials, including Ben Carson. https://t.co/Jo89eJcuDk pic.twitter.com/X6ruBWovtA
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) March 23, 2018
Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, who has had a reputation of somewhat hawkish behavior, will be replacing McMaster effective April 9th. Those close to Bolton claimed that they had no indication or belief that Trump would offer the position to the former ambassador when he was scheduled to meet with the president earlier on Thursday. Bolton had previously been a frontrunner for the role of Secretary of State when cabinet positions were being filled by the Trump transition team, but ultimately was passed over for the now-fired Rex Tillerson.
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) March 23, 2018
The ousting of McMaster is just another in an overtly emerging pattern of senior White House departures, with Tillerson having been fired just last week, and top economic advisor Gary Cohn having given his resignation earlier in the month.
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