White House staff secretary Rob Porter vacated his position on Feb. 7 following reports that he mistreated his two ex-wives.
Trump wished the former staffer well in his future career and said he was “very sad” to learn about the allegations.
“I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it, ” Trump told reporters on Friday. “It’s patently a tough time for him. He did a very good occupation when he was in the White House.”
He also emphasized to reporters that Porter has maintained his innocence.
A developing number of people have left the Trump administration in only over a year- a group that includes former press secretary Sean Spicer, FBI director James Comey and chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Read on for a working listing of who has left since Trump took office.
White House staff secretary Rob Porter announced his abdication from the Trump administration on Feb. 7 following reports that he mistreated his two ex-wives.
Porter’s ex-wives told the Daily Mail that he was physically and mentally abusive.
Porter denied the “outrageous allegations” and resigned from his position.
“I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not farther engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign, ” Porter said.
Two periods after the resignation, Trump wished the former staffer well, “says hes” hopes Porter has “a great career ahead of him.” He said the allegations were “very sad” and stressed that Porter has maintained his innocence.
McCabe was “removed” from his position as the No. 2 figure at the FBI and is on “terminal leave, ” a source told Fox News.
He has been repeatedly criticized by Trump since 2016 when it was revealed that his wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, had accepted campaign contributions from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close Clinton ally, during a failed country Senate run.
“I can say the president wasn’t part of this decision-making process, ” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said at a press conference.
Omarosa Manigault Newman
A former “Apprentice” star, Omarosa Manigault Newman joined the Trump administration as the director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison to work on outreach to various contingency groups.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Dec. 13 that Manigault Newman’s last day with the administration would be on Jan. 20- exactly one year since Trump’s inauguration.
Manigault Newman reportedly outlined scrutiny from White House chief of staff John Kelly. She also came under fire for bringing her 39 -person bridal party to the White House for a photo shoot in 2017.
Richard Cordray resigned from his post as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Nov. 24, 2017, setting off a fight between his former chief of staff and the White House over who will supplant him.
Cordray’s resignation didn’t come as a surprise; he had previously said he would quit his job by the end of November. But many envisioned his resignation would set up Trump to appoint his own administrator of an bureau that has been largely criticized by his administration and Republicans alike.
However, before his abdication, Cordray elevated his chief of staff Leandra English to the deputy director position- meaning she would become acting CFPB director after he cease. But the White House announced Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, as its interim director.
Tom Price officially resigned from his post as Health and Human Services Secretary on Sept. 29, 2017, according to a White House statement.
The move came after Price received major criticism following reports of his use of private planes.
Price had promised to repay the government for the use of his costly flights and vowed never to take a private charter airliner again while in his post as secretary but was ultimately let go anyway.
The White House announced that Sebastian Gorka, deputy helper to Trump, was no longer a part of the administration during a Friday evening news dump on Aug. 25, 2017.
White House officials told Fox News that Gorka did not vacate but confirmed that he “no longer works” with the administration.
However, Gorka insisted to the Washington Examiner that he did actually resign.
A former Breitbart news editor, Gorka joined the Trump administration as a counterterrorism consultant and helped with national security policy decisions alongside Bannon, according to White House sources.
Steve Bannon was removed from his position as White House chief strategist on Aug. 18, 2017.
The Breitbart News chief joined Trump’s presidential campaign and was afterward appointed to a senior consultant role after Trump won the election.
Bannon, the hardcore populist, had become increasingly isolated within the White House following John Kelly’s appointment as joint chiefs of staff, sources inside the White House and outside consultants told Fox News.
A White House aide told Fox News that Bannon’s ouster wasn’t sudden; he submitted his resignation in writing several weeks prior, the aide said.
The announcement of Anthony Scaramucci as the White House communications administrator on July 21, 2017, set into motion a big shakeup in White House staff.
But Scaramucci himself lasted only 10 days in the White House. He was reportedly removed at the request of new White House chief of staff John Kelly.
Kelly was sworn in as chief of staff merely hours before Scaramucci was removed.
Trump announced Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as his new White House chief of staff on July 28, 2017, effectively ousting Reince Priebus.
The replacement of Preibus as joint chiefs of staff came amid tensions between he and Scaramucci, the White House communications administrator at the time.
White House aide press secretary Michael Short quitted on July 25, 2017, after Scaramucci informed Politico of his intent to fire him.
“This is the problem with the leaking, ” Scaramucci reportedly told reporters. “This is actually a terrible thing. Let’s say I’m firing Michael Short today. The fact that you guys know about it before he does really upsets me as a human being and as a Roman Catholic.”
After the recruitment of Anthony Scaramucci, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced his abdication on July 21, 2017.
Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub Jr. announced on July 6, 2017 that he was resigning from his job after clashing with Trump. His final date in agency was July 19.
In his position, Shaub was often at odds with the Trump administration, particularly when it came to Trump’s business dealings.
Shaub joined the Campaign Legal Center, an organization in Washington that mostly focuses on violations of campaign finance law.
While former White House communications director Michael Dubke tendered his abdication softly on May 18, 2017, he stayed on with the administration until after the president’s first foreign trip.
He said that he resigned due to “personal” reasons.
Trump abruptly fired former FBI Director James Comey in a brief letter on May 9, 2017, saying Comey could not “effectively lead” the bureau any longer.
Trump repeatedly blamed Comey’s handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, and Comey said after his firing that he felt uncomfortable by statements Trump made about the FBI’s investigation into Flynn.
Comey reportedly was speaking to employees in Los Angeles when news of his ousting came across the television. At the time, according to reports, Comey thought it was a prank.
Deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh quitted on March 30, 2017, after a Trump-backed health care bill failed to make it through the House, according to The Associated Press.
She left the White House to join the pro-Trump nonprofit America First Policies.
Walsh came to the White House after serving in the Republican National Committee under then-chairman Reince Priebus.
Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara was fired on March 11, 2017, after he declined to willingly resign from his job.
The Justice Department said attorneys general who were holdovers from the Obama administration needed to quit. Bharara refused to do so.
“I did not resign. Minutes ago I was burnt, ” Bharara tweeted. “Being the US Attorney in[ the Southern District of New York] will eternally be the greatest honour of my professional life.”
Michael Flynn, Trump’s embattled national security consultant, vacated on Feb. 13, 2017, after it was revealed that he apparently lied about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador.
“I have nothing to be ashamed for and everything to be proud of, ” Flynn told Fox News at the time.
Taking over as acting us attorney general following the departure of Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates was removed from her posture on January 30, 2017.
Yates refused to enforce Trump’s controversial travelling ban and issued a memo to the Justice Department not to defend the executive order.
Fox News’ Kristin Brown, Jake Gibson, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report . i>