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U.S. President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, adding that he and the former Exxon chief executive “disagreed on things.” The departure of Tillerson, who will be replaced by CIA chief Mike Pompeo, comes after a long string of exits in Trump’s top ranks.
Here’s a look back at some of the high-profile departures at the White House under Trump.
Sally Yates, Acting Attorney General
Jan. 30, 2017
Yates was removed from her position after she refused to enforce Trump’s controversial travel ban.
Michael Flynn, National Security Adviser
Feb. 13, 2017
Flynn resigned after less than a month in office, after reports that he misled Vice-President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. He stepped down the same day Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his first visit to the White House.
James Comey, FBI Director
May 9, 2017
President Trump fired Comey saying he could not “effectively lead” the FBI any longer and criticized his handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary
July 21, 2017
Spicer announced his resignation after boisterous Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci was hired as White House communications director.
Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff
July 28, 2017
Priebus was ousted after failing to impose order on a chaos-racked West Wing. He was replaced John Kelly, the retired four-star general and former secretary of homeland security.
Anthony Scaramucci, White House Communications Director
July 31, 2017
Scaramucci lasted less than two weeks in the White House, after he was reportedly ousted at the request of new White House chief of staff John Kelly.
Steve Bannon, White House Chief Strategist
Aug. 18, 2017
Bannon, former head of conservative Breitbart News, was a key adviser in Trump’s general election campaign. Bannon was behind many of Trump’s most controversial moves, including the travel ban and decision to abandon the Paris Climate agreement.
Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Sept. 29, 2017
The high-profile member of Trump’s cabinet resigned, after revelations that he spent more than US$1 million of taxpayers’ money on travel including chartered flights
Roberta Jacobson, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
March 1, 2018
Jacobson announced she will be resigning from her post in the spring, without specifying why she was leaving.
Hope Hicks, White House Communications Director
Feb. 28, 2018
Hicks, already the fourth person to hold the position of White House Communications Director, announced she would resign after acknowledging to the House Intelligence Committee that she occasionally told “white lies” for Trump.
Gary Cohn, National Economic Council director
March 6, 2018
Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, was Trump’s top economic advisor and the director of the National Economic Council. He resigned after the President’s decision to impose new tariffs on aluminum and steel imports.
Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
March 13, 2018
Former Exxon chief executive Tillerson will be replaced by Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA, amid reported clashes with President Trump.