WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Trump announced late Thursday that National Security Advisor HR McMaster would resign, replaced by John Bolton, former Ambassador to the U.N. Bolton is Trump's third NSC Advisor since taking office 14 months ago.
More than a dozen high-ranking officials have either quit or been fired. According to a recent Brookings Institute study, Trump's turnover rate is twice that of President Obama, and nearly three times that of President Reagan.
Rep. Greg Walden is Oregon's only Republican in Congress. He hopes all the changes are just "new administration" speed bumps. He tells KBND News, "I think in the early days of an administration, it's like starting a whole new company with 'hire everybody at once.' You know, there are going to be good fits, and there are going to be some that are misfits, so it's no surprise you have some turnover, going forward." Although, he admits he can't always relate to the President's choices, "I try to have a more stable management style when it comes to people, because finding good people is always a challenge, but everybody's got a different management style. And if you're the Chief Executive, you have to go with the style that's worked for you, and that's what President Trump is doing."
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's last day was Thursday, and late last week, John Dowd announced his resignation. Dowd was Trump's lead personal attorney on the Russia investigation. Other notable departures include Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and FBI Director James Comey. Some positions are known to have short tenures; Press Secretaries, for example, typically last about a year. However, Trump's average 100 days. Anthony Scaramucci lasted five days and Hope Hicks resigned before day 200.
The President does have loyal staffers who've been part of his administration from the beginning, like HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, current Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was part of his campaign and later joined Communications, and Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway.