White House Sees Highest Turnover In Decades

The New York Times reports:

The doors at the White House have been swinging a lot lately. A deputy chief of staff moved on. A speechwriter resigned. The associate attorney general stepped down. The chief of staff offered to quit. And that was just Friday.

All of that came after the departure of Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary who cleared out his office last week amid accusations of spousal abuse. The White House had overlooked reported problems with his security clearance last year in part, officials said, because of a reluctance to lose yet another senior aide, particularly one seen as so professional and reliable.

More than a year into his administration, President Trump is presiding over a staff in turmoil, one with a 34 percent turnover rate, higher than any White House in decades. He has struggled to fill openings, unwilling to hire Republicans he considers disloyal and unable to entice Republicans who consider him unstable. Those who do come to work for him often do not last long, burning out from a volatile, sometimes cutthroat environment exacerbated by tweets and subpoenas.

  • Bluto
  • “But that’s a feature, not a bug!” -Trump supporters

    • Joe in PA

      “Good businessman” and all that. SMH.

    • CanuckDon

      “Shaking things up.”

  • Rex

    My! People come and go so quickly here!

    • Joe in PA

      Well, I’m a little muddled.

      🙂 (I use the line a lot)

    • greenmanTN

      If you had a flying bubble you’d get the hell out here and Toto too!

      https://travelstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ffbca07b61bc30ce418ca4662e6405b0.jpg

      • Rex

        I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

        • JAKvirginia

          From what I’ve heard, Kansas isn’t Kansas anymore.

          • Christopher

            I’ve been referring to that state as The People’s Republic of Kansas. Or TPRK for short.

      • Acronym Jim

        The movie actually turned Glinda into the wicked witch, or at least a cruel prankster. She knew all along all Dorothy had to do was click her heels three times in order to go home.

  • greenmanTN

    I am the very model of a New York Times contrarian,
    My intellect is polished but my soul’s authoritarian,
    From Allen down to Exxon, bullies’ water I am carrying,
    Except for Donald Trump’s, because I find him a vulgarian.
    I’m very well acquainted, too, with arguments political,
    I love to mount defenses for the vile and hypocritical,
    I filigree each sentence till its meaning I am burying,
    My job is to distract you from the rising smell of carrion.

    My eagerness to stand up for the powerful is frightening,
    I’m always showing up when a sepulcher needs some whitening,
    In short, with polished intellect and soul authoritarian,
    I am the very model of a New York Times contrarian!

    (More at link)

    https://slate.com/culture/2018/02/i-am-the-very-model-of-a-new-york-times-contrarian.html

    • Stogiebear

      It’s not every day you get a whited sepulcher reference before 8:00 am.

  • Phil2u

    I’m surprised that it isn’t the highest turnover in the history of the presidency.

    • Bambino

      It’s barely a year. Give it another three months.

  • netxtown

    I wonder what happens when donnie is left sitting their all alone. Sooner or later he will run out of bodies to toss on a whim.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen
    • Reality.Bites

      If it’s all the same honey, I’d rather prove some things are impossible by challenging you to a drinking contest.

      • Karl Dubhe

        You’re on. Shot for shot of H2O, here we go! 😀

    • Karl Dubhe

      Get it spinning, then stick a baseball bat into the thing. That’ll smash the fucking glass. 🙂

      Do it to your own revolving door, or they’ll toss your ass in prison for it.

  • Bambino

    Bone spur cadet trying to beat McDonald’s over a billion serve record with his revolving door policy.

  • JAKvirginia

    New WH Directive: Everyone gets nametags.

    (How else will we know who they are?)

  • Boreal

    A revolving door of incompetence and malice.

  • Joe in PA

    He’ll be tweet-bragging about this later: I have the highest turnover, ever!

  • “exacerbated by tweets and subpoenas” is some funny stuff.

  • Acronym Jim

    Aside from West Wing staff, I’d like to see the numbers on the Residence staff turnover. That would truly speak volumes as household staff are extremely loyal to the White House and the office of the presidency, but I imagine this turd is straining the patience of even the most dedicated among them.

  • Christopher

    Cheetolini’s so dumb!

    How dumb is he?

    Cheetolini’s so dumb, he thinks they’re talking about Apple Turnovers.

    (Sorry, I’ve been watching reruns of The Match Game from the seventies.)

  • Tunamelt

    Not high enough…