July 21, 2017 3:17 pm
Updated: November 14, 2018 8:13 am

Here are the cast-offs of year 1 of the Trump administration

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s first months in office have been rocky and seen a lot of churn.

From former Obama-administration veterans to political newbies, here is a look at who has parted ways from Trump since January.

Sept. 29: Tom Price

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks about efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare and the advancement of the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017.

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Tom Price, the U.S. health and human services secretary, resigned on Friday Sept. 29 the White House said.

The announcement came after it was revealed Price took chartered planes instead of commercial flights for government business. Although he offered to pay over US$50,000 back to the government, but it wasn’t enough for Trump, who said the optics of Price’s situation were bad.

Price had also been seen in the White House as having been ineffective in getting Congress to pass healthcare reform legislation, an effort that has fizzled on Capitol Hill.

August 25: Sebastian Gorka

FILE – In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017 file photo, deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, talks with people in the Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington during a ceremony commemorating Israeli Independence Day.

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White House national security aide Sebastian Gorka said he resigned on Aug. 18, but an anonymous White House official wouldn’t confirm his resignation to the Associated Press, only saying he “no longer works at the White House.”

In his resignation letter quoted by the Federalist website, Gorka said that he left because “the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again,’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months.”

Earlier in his tenure as advisor, he called an attack on a Minneapolis mosque a “fake hate crime.” 

August 18: Steve Bannon

FILE – In this April 29, 2017, file photo, Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump is seen in Harrisburg, Pa. According to a source, Bannon is leaving White House post. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File

According to White House officials, Chief of Staff John Kelly and Bannon mutually agreed that Aug. 18 “would be Steve’s last day.” Rumors surrounding Bannon’s dismissal had been circulating for weeks.

The New York Times reported that an person close to Bannon said he submitted his resignation on Aug. 7, but other officials told the newspaper that Trump decided to let him go.

Bannon joined Trump’s team part way through the election campaign as his chief strategist. When Trump took office on Jan. 20, Bannon stayed on as a top advisor to the president.

July 31: Anthony Scaramucci

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaks to members of the media at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

After 11 days, Donald Trump removed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, on the same day John Kelly was sworn in as Trump’s chief of staff.

According to the White House announcement, Scaramucci left because he “felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.”

Scaramucci, a Wall Street hedge fund manager who was also called “the Mooch,” was on Trump’s team for just over a week. During his short tenure he’s made an apology for calling Trump a “hack politician” during the election campaigndeleted incriminating tweets and said he will “fire everybody” in order to stop White House leaks.

July 28: Reince Priebus

Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

On July 28 Trump tweeted the news that General John Kelly would be taking over the role of chief of staff. Priebus was told mid-July ago that he was going to be replaced, a senior White House official said, according to Reuters.

The announcement came a day after White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci slammed Priebus in a profanity-laced rant to New Yorker magazine. 

July 21: Sean Spicer

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Spicer resigned as the White House spokesman Friday morning. The resignation came just after Trump appointed Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci, a longtime supporter, as his top communications official, White House officials have confirmed.

READ MORE: Melissa McCarthy’s best moments as Sean Spicer

According to The New York Times, Spicer told the president that he vehemently disagreed with the appointment. The president reportedly wanted Spicer to stay on.

July 20: Marc Kasowitz

In this June 8 photo, Marc Kasowitz personal attorney of President Donald Trump makes a statement at the National Press Club, following the congressional testimony of former FBI Director James Comey.

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File

Marc Kasowitz, the head Trump’s outside legal team representing him in the Russia investigation, is stepping aside according to reports.

On Thursday, CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett first tweeted that Kasowitz was “out” as Trump’s attorney, while New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman tweeted he was “not gone” but had a “lesser role.”

READ MORE: Trump’s legal team undergoes major shakeup amid heated Russia probe

The legal team’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, has also resigned, according to Politico. Sources told the news website that Corallo had grown frustrated with how the team operated, and quit just two months after starting the job.


June 1: Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk joined Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum but later resigned.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Fil

On June 1, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced he was leaving his position on Trump’s economic advisory councils, after Trump announced the U.S. will withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement.

May 30:  Michael Dubke 

Mike Dubke resigned as President Donald Trump’s main communications director.

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Michael Dubke, a main White House communications staffer, resigned May 30.

READ MORE: Donald Trump’s communications director Mike Dubke resigns from White House post

A Republican consultant, Dubke joined the White House team in February. The position had gone unfilled after campaign aide Jason Miller – Trump’s original choice for communications director – backed out of the job in December before the president’s inauguration.

Dubke’s hiring was intended to lighten the load on Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, who had also been handling the duties of communications director during Trump’s first month in office.

May 9: James Comey

Former FBI director James Comey recounts a series of conversations with Trump as he testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He said Trump repeatedly pressed him for his “loyalty” and directly pushed him to “lift the cloud” of investigation.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

In a letter to former FBI director James Comey, Trump explained he decided to terminate him on the recommendation of his Attorney General Jeff Sessions – but was vague on the details. He also listed Comey’s conclusion to not prosecute Hillary Clinton as well as his pre-election press conference on Clinton as reasons.

READ MORE: Ex-FBI boss James Comey says Donald Trump fired him to undermine Russia investigation

The firing came days after Comey asked the Justice Department for more resources to pursue the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election.

March 30: Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh was a top aide to President Donald Trump. She left the position in March.

AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File

Katie Walsh, who served as the White House deputy chief of staff, left her position in March. It was reported she left to go to work with a pro-Trump outside group to help bolster the president’s agenda.

Feb. 14: Edward Price

Experienced CIA analyst Edward Price resigned from his job on Feb 14.

In an op-ed piece for the Washington Post, Price said he quit because of Trump.

“Despite working proudly for Republican and Democratic presidents, I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional,” Price said.

Feb.14: Michael Flynn

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File

Former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign after it was revealed he failed to seek permission or inform the government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015.

READ MORE: Former Donald Trump adviser Michael Flynn likely broke law with Russia trip, House committee says

Jan. 30: Sally Yates

Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Sally Yates.

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates was fired hours after ordering the Justice Department not to defend Trump’s immigration ban from seven majority-Muslim nations. The White House said she was fired for behaviours that were “bewildering as well as defiant.”

READ MORE: White House: Yates fired for being ‘bewildering as well as defiant’

Jan. 28: Rumana Ahmed

Rumana Ahmed joined the National Security Council under Barack Obama but decided to stay on under Trump despite deep misgivings about the incoming administration, according to an op-ed published in The Atlantic.

When Trump issued a ban on travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all Syrian refugees,” Ahmed wrote, “I knew I could no longer stay and work for an administration that saw me and people like me not as fellow citizens, but as a threat.”

Jan. 1: Patrick Kennedy

Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy at the National Conference on Mental Health, in Washington.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File

The State Department’s undersecretary for management, Patrick Kennedy, was one of the first departures after Trump’s inauguration.

READ MORE: Trump says Patrick Kennedy should be fired; calls Clinton’s email scandal bigger than Watergate

On the same day he resigned, assistant secretary of state for administration, Joyce Anne Barr, assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, Michele Bond and director of the office of foreign missions, Gentry O. Smith all resigned as well.

*With files from Rebecca Joseph and the Associated Press 

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