A record one-of-three @POTUS administration have left the White House. Why is there so much turnover? Does the lack of staff stability threaten the ability to govern? https://t.co/j6ofM9nQbc pic.twitter.com/mea070Ewyq— BuzzzChat (@BuzzzChat) February 13, 2018
It would be nice to be able to praise President Donald Trump for getting something right, even if just once. Unfortunately, we get to point out to the high number of staffers leaving his White House instead.
CNN reports that Trump’s record-breaking achievement isn't really an achievement at all: When compared to the previous five White Houses, the current administration has seen a great number of people leaving in its first year, more so than other administrations.
Six of the 12 staffers in “Tier One,” or top senior positions in the White House, left during Trump’s first year. They include the chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, and press secretary positions, among others.
But as people leave, Trump won't hire people he doesn't deem loyal. This forces senior members of his staff to play more than one role, such as Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director who’s also charged with leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
According to a Brookings Institute analysis used by CNN as the source of these numbers, the rate of departures we’ve seen during Trump’s first year is at 34 percent, which is twice the number in President George W. Bush’s first year, and three times the number of departures during President Barack Obama’s first year.
“We have vacancies on top of vacancies,” Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, the Brookings Institution fellow behind this paper, said. “You have initial vacancies, you have people who left in the first year and now you have people who are leaving in the second year.”
On Twitter, a lot of people were angry that so many vacancies are being left unfilled.
Others said that while they wouldn’t blame those leaving for this problem, former staffers should have thought twice before joining Trump’s team to begin with.
"More than one in three Trump administration staffers have left the White House in its first year, a pace that... https://t.co/RDtHqbTeYy— D.J. Grothe (@DJGrothe) February 13, 2018
It's almost as if the White House has become a hostile work environment...— ???George's Dad???? (@Gdad1) February 13, 2018
CNN: People are leaving the Trump White House in record numbers. https://t.co/nyya9srjns
He isn't hiring "the best people". He isn't even hiring people who can manage to keep the same job for one year. I've seen hourly-wage restaurant staffs with lower turnover.#MAGA?— Ahsoka Tano (@ahsoka2018) February 13, 2018
CNN: People are leaving the Trump White House in record numbers. https://t.co/QfUONaqv2F
Whether turnover rate is going to continue to increase or not, one thing is for sure: Trump’s records are nothing to be proud of.