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14 months of Trump Presidency... Legacy of layoffs, resignations

By Mousa Ahmad

KUWAIT, March 14 (KUNA) -- US President Donald Trump's 14-month leadership witnessed a number of resignations and firing of officials in his team since he entered the White House on January 20, 2017.
According to White House officials' statements on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, naming CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his replacement.
Here are the most notable layoffs and resignations of the Trump administration, starting with the most recent departure: On February 28, the White House Communications Director Hope Hicks announced her resignation one day after she testified before the House intelligence committee as part of the Russia investigation.
On February 7, the White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter announced his resignation after domestic abuse allegations against him by two ex-wives became public.
After departure of Rob Porter, speechwriter David Sorensen becomes second Trump staffer to leave job on February 9 while facing similar accusations.
On September 29, the Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned after revelations that he spent around USD 400,000 in private flights while traveling on official business.
On August 18, the Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who had a turbulent time at the White House with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, pushed out after less than eight months with the administration.
On August 1, Anthony Scaramucci was removed as Donald Trump's communications director, ending a tumultuous eleven days in the role.
On July 31, the Chief of Staff in the White House Reince Priebus was often a target of Trump loyalists who said he had failed to help the president win congressional legislation.
On July 21, Sean Spicer resigned as White House Press Secretary when Trump went against his advice to hire Scaramucci as his new communications director.
On July 20, Spokesman for Trump's legal team Mark Corallo resigned shortly after news of Trump Jr.'s Russia meeting emerged.
Moreover, Donald Trump's administration has been hit with another high-profile resignation, as his personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz is reported to have quit the lead role defending the President from allegations of links to Russia.
On May 9, FBI director James Comey was fired based on the Justice Department's recommendation.
On July 6, the director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub clashed repeatedly with the president before announcing his resignation.
On May 5, President Trump also dismissed White House Chief Usher Angella Reid.
On February 13, the national security adviser Michael Flynn was mired in controversy after news reports surfaced on his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He resigned shortly afterward.
On January 30, the Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was dismissed after she refused to defend the first iteration of Trump's travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Moreover, seven members of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned mid-August over US President Donald Trump's response to the unrest in Charlottesville, VA.
Other figures who left the White House in the first seven months of Trump: Middle East advisor on the National Security Council Derek Harvey, early Communications Director Mike Dubke, Deputy National Security Advisor KT McFarland, Priebus' Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh and National Security Council Western Hemisphere Affairs director Craig Dear.
Moreover, Members of two other advisory bodies, a Manufacturing Jobs Initiative and Strategic and Policy Forum committee had resigned in protest of Trump's "far-right" position. (end) mad.haq