Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is the latest top Trump official to be complimented by the president as a "good man" amid an exit from the Trump administration.
Price, who was facing a growing controversy over his use of private jets to travel the country, offered his resignation on Friday.
About two hours prior, Trump answered question's from reporters about Price's future, calling him "good man" before saying he was disappointed in Price and expressed concerns about the "optics" of the outrage over his travel habits.
A similar series of events can be traced back to at least two other former Trump administration officials who received the "good man" compliment before or after the official announcement that they would be parting ways with Trump.
Days before chief strategist Steve Bannon's ouster from the White House was made official, Trump addressed speculation that Bannon was in danger of getting fired.
"I like him. He's a good man. We'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon," he said in mid-August. He also defended Bannon over assertions that he harbored white supremacist views and may have influenced Trump's controversial "both sides" remark about the violence at a white supremacy rally Charlottesville, Va. "He's not a racist. He's a good person," Trump said.
Later that week, on Friday, Bannon left his position after eight months on the job. It was reported that Bannon had previously planned a mid-August exit with chief of staff John Kelly.
Trump also parted ways with former chief of staff Reince Priebus in July, calling him a "good man" while talking up his replacement, Kelly, as a "true star" of his administration.