White House officials, led by chief of staff John Kelly, are reportedly plotting a staff shakeup in the new calendar year, since President Donald Trump and his government continue to weather scandals and defeats, and prepare for what might be tumultuous midterm elections in 2018.
One immediate change will include designating Johnny DeStefano, a former aide to retired House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), to better handle the White House’s governmental outreach, Axios and The Washington Post reported Thursday. Few Trump officials possess deep experience and ties to Capitol Hill.
Kelly has sought to make order among Trump’s coterie of consultants because taking over because of his predecessor, Reince Priebus — one of many senior White House officials to leave their ranks this year under different circumstances.
The latest to leave was advisor andldquo;The Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman, who contested the terms of her departure. Newman said that she resigned following “a blunt dialog” together with Kelly. Other sources said that Kelly fired her.
The White House didn’t return a request for comment. Before Christmas, senior government officials told reporters that it was typical to anticipate staff departures and changes as Trump strategies the first-year markers of his presidency. They dismissed the frequent resignations and firings, praising Trump and Kelly for having a “well-managed” government.
Nevertheless Trump’s revolving door of advisers and officials has been uncommon for modern presidencies, based on investigation of White House personnel turnover from Brookings Institution fellow Kathryn Dunn Tenpas. In the first year of Trump’s presidency, roughly 34 percent of senior officers have resigned, been fired or reassigned to other jobs, she told the Wall Street Journal.
The next greatest staff turnover rate in recent administrations has been 17 percent, following former President Ronald Reagan’s first year in office in 1981, based on her investigation.
The high staff turnover in the Trump government is expected to continue. Some other top aides have already announced that they’ll leave the White House in January, such as Dina Powell, Trump’s deputy national security advisor, also Rick Dearborn, deputy chief of personnel.
There have long been rumblings that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has clashed with Trump and government officials over policy and staffing waits at the State Department, may be the second to leave the government.
Tillerson has repeatedly resisted the rumors that his days are numbered, telling reporters prior to Christmas that it was a “ridiculous” suggestion.