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Top White House officials who parted ways with the Trump government Updated 17 minutes ago

by August 19, 2017 General
Five people in the swearing-in photo no longer work in the White House. Photo: NYT

Below are the top White House officials who resigned, or were fired, dismissed or reassigned.

FBI Director James B. Comey and Obama administration holdover Sally Q. Yates who was serving as his acting attorney general were fired by the .

Chief strategist: Stephen K. Bannon

Stephen K. Bannon.

Trump decided to remove Bannon only seven months after he got on board. The former chief strategist is a right-wing nationalist who clashed with other senior White House advisers and members of Trump’s family. A source close to Bannon said that he had submitted his resignation to the president on August 7.

Communications director: Mike Dubke 

Mike Dubke.

Dubke resigned just after three months of joining the Trump government as the communications director. He told colleagues that the reasons for his resignation were “personal.”

National security adviser: Michael T. Flynn

Michael T. Flynn. 

Trump demanded Flynn’s resignation more than two weeks after he was told that the national security adviser had lied to the vice president and was vulnerable to blackmail by Russians

Deputy national security adviser: K. T. McFarland

K.T. McFarland. 

McFarland, who was brought to the White House by Flynn, was named the ambassador to Singapore in mid-May. Her exit was announced just four months after she joined Trump’s White House team, the NYT reported. 

Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus.

Priebus was pushed out just six months after he was taken on board. Trump’s chief of staff tendered his resignation after the US president told him he wanted to make a change and offered the job to John Kelly.

Communications director: Anthony Scaramucci

Anthony Scaramucci.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired Scaramucci just a week after he joined as the communications director, after a vulgarity-laced telephone call with a New Yorker reporter was made public. 

Press secretary, communications director: Sean Spicer 

Sean Spicer. 

Spicer resigned, telling Trump that he disagreed with his hiring of Scaramucci as communications director. He lasted on Trump’s White House team for six months. 

Deputy chief of staff: Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh.

Walsh was forced out by Jared Kushner and other West Wing officials just two months after she joined. She joined the pro-Trump outside group America First Policies.

Senior director for intelligence, NSA: Ezra Cohen-Watnick

Ezra Cohen-Watnick.

More than six months after he was appointed by Flynn, Cohen-Watnick exited Trump’s White House team. He was pushed out by Lt Gen H. R. McMaster, who succeeded Flynn.

Deputy chief of staff, NSC: Tera Dahl

Tera Dahl.

A former writer for Breitbart News who was appointed by Flynn, Dahl left the White House for a post at the United States Agency for International Development in less than six months after she was appointed as the deputy chief of staff of NSC. 

Middle East adviser, NSC: Derek Harvey 

Derek Harvey. 

No explanation was given for the exit of Trump’s Middle East Adviser for NSC. Harvey was appointed by Flynn and was widely reported to have been at odds with McMaster. His exit came after more than six months of his joining. 

Director in the strategic planning office, NSC: Rich Higgins

Rich Higgins.

Higgins was forced out after writing a memo arguing that Trump was being subverted by an array of foreign and domestic enemies, including “globalists” and officials of the “deep state.” 

Senior assistant press secretary: Michael C. Short

Michael C. Short.

The senior assistant press secretary quit Trump’s team just six months after he came on board. Short, who had been close to Spicer, resigned shortly after Scaramucci confirmed to reporters that he was planning to fire Short.