President Donald Trump's oft-evolving Cabinet might undergo another overhaul after the November midterms, potentially setting the standard "for the highest turnover rate in history," Politico reported Sunday.
"The president is looking to get better performers— all of these decisions are being made in the context of the re-election campaign," a Republican close to the White House told Politico. "Trump wants the strongest possible A-team going into 2020."
There might be as many as six changes in the Cabinet by January, according to the report, after having already seen eight Cabinet changes since President Trump took office.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has already announced her resignation at year's end, while other potential changes include embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, if not White House chief of staff John Kelly.
The Trump administration has already endured changes at secretary of State, EPA administrator, Health and Human Services secretary, Veteran Affairs secretary, and a chief of staff. Two Cabinet position-holders, ex-CIA Director Mike Pompeo (now secretary of state) and DHS Secretary John Kelly (now chief of staff), were moved into new roles.
"At some point, everybody leaves," President Trump said earlier this month. "People leave. That's Washington."
The Brookings Institution's Cabinet tracker projects record turnover, which might affect the ability for the administration to operate, according to Politico.
"Getting people vetted and confirmed is no easy thing, even if the Republicans keep their majority in the Senate," former President Barack Obama's Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu told Politico. "It could be well into 2019 before the president has a full Cabinet that is up to speed and carrying out his agenda."
Published at Sun, 28 Oct 2018 14:55:09 +0000