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Trump faced more resignations of close aides than his previous five predecessors


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

US President Donald Trump has the highest number of officials resignations his government in his first two-and-a-half years in power, compared to any of his five former predecessors during their first term.

According to data compiled by the Brookings Institution, the resignation of Labor secretary Alexander Acosta marks the departure of nine government members to the Trump administration, more than one of the highest in the Bush administration.

Resignations including the Secretary of Health and Human Resources Thomas Edmunds Price, is an American physician and Republican Party politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 6th congressional district, Secretary of State Rex Wayne Tillerson is an American energy executive who served as the 69th United States Secretary of State from February 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, under President Donald Trump. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Jonathon Shulkin is an American physician and former government official. In 2017, Shulkin became the 9th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs and served under President Donald Trump. He served as the Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health from 2015 until 2017, appointed by President Barack Obama., Justice Minister Jeff Sessions is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 84th United States Attorney General from 2017 to 2018. A Republican, Sessions previously served as United States Senator from Alabama from 1997 to 2017, resigning from the position in order to serve in the Trump administration. Defense Secretary James Matisse, Interior Minister Ryan Zinke is an American politician and businessman who served as United States Secretary of the Interior in the Trump Administration from 2017 until his resignation in 2019. He previously served as the U.S. Representative for Montana’s at-large congressional district from 2015 to 2017. From 2009 to 2013, he served as a member of the Montana.  Senate Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Michele Nielsen  is an American attorney who is a former United States secretary of homeland security. She is a former principal deputy White House chief of staff to President Donald Trump and was chief of staff to John F. Kelly during his tenure as secretary of homeland security. and her predecessor John Kelly left the Department of Homeland Security.

The list does not include Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who reportedly had plans to leave.

In contrast, six secretaries left the first term of President Reagan, eight during Bush’s first term, four during Clinton’s first term, two during Bush’s first term, and three during Barack Obama’s first term.

Three Trump secretaries left after the scandals of abuse of government funds for personal purposes – Price, Schulkin and Zinke – while others left after a clash with Trump like Tillerson, who described Trump as a fool.

Read also: Trump’s irritated two years, his agenda overshadowed by problems and scandals

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