has made both friends and enemies through his unconventional presidential habits, among them, his hiring and firing practice. The latest member of White House staff to vacate his position, national security adviser John Bolton, is currently feuding with the president on whether his departure was a resignation or a termination.
After a third of President Trump’s executive staff left in the first year, his second year proved more stable, according to data aggregated by the Brookings Institute
. In Trump’s first year, the turnover rate for senior-level staff was twice as high as in Reagan’s first year and almost five times as high as George W. Bush’s first year. President Trump’s second year rate was high but was less of an anomaly overall. During former President Reagan’s second year, 40 percent of the 60 senior White House positions changed hands, while the Trump administration posted a turn rate of 32 percent in his second year. President Trump’s third year is trending closer to the recent presidents’ turnover in their third year.
While President Trump’s turnover rate is beginning to stabilize, the Trump administration has reeled from constant turnover for the same position. A third of President Trump’s executive team has been subject to this type of serial turnover. Among senior executives in the White House, the Communications Director and the Deputy National Security Adviser each have gone through the most people, with a total of five different people cycling through each role.