President Trump's rate of staff turnover reached record numbers during his first year in office, according to a report Thursday.
As it currently stands, the Trump administration has a 34 percent turnover rate, as 21 of the 61 senior officials tracked have resigned, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The analysis cites Kathryn Dunn-Tenpas, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who has tracked White House turnover rates over three decades.
Dunn-Tenpas said that although she is not surprised that the rate of staff departures is higher than normal because of the number of White House staffers without government experience, the current rate of turnover is "unprecedented."
“Not only is the percentage double, the seniority of people leaving is extraordinarily high,” Dunn-Tenpas told the WSJ. “That’s unprecedented to me. The first year always seems to have some missteps on staffing, often because the skills that worked well running a campaign don’t always align with what it takes to run a government. In this case, it’s a president with no experience in government and people around him who also had no experience,” she continued. “So it’s not surprising that it’s higher than normal, but it’s still surprising it’s this high.”
The Trump administrations first-year turnover is three times higher than Barack Obama’s 9 percent rate and Bill Clinton’s 11 percent rate, according to the report.
High profile individuals who have resigned or been fired from the Trump administration include White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, national security adviser Michael Flynn, and with the shortest tenure, communications director Anthony Scaramucci.