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Why the exodus from the Trump administration?

When 22 high-profile members of an administration leave their highly-coveted jobs — whether or not by choice — in the span of roughly 15 months, there’s clearly a problem. The Trump administration has been riddled with resignations and firings of top officials since the get-go. It seems to be systemic of the president’s devil-may-care approach to running our nation. And that’s very, very troubling.

Since Trump took office in January of 2017 there’s been a revolving door at the White House: Six members of the administration have been fired while another 16 have resigned. Many who resigned were practically forced out. Almost all of those departures took place amid some sort of controversy — centered around the president’s fiery temperament and unpredictable management style. 

Consider all who have left: Deputy White House Chief of Staff Katie Walsh, resigned. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, fired. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, fired. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, resigned. FBI Director James Comey, fired. Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, resigned. Communications Director Michael Dubke, resigned. Press Secretary Sean Spicer, resigned. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, resigned.  Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, resigned. Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, resigned. Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka, resigned. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, resigned. Director of Communications for White House Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault, resigned. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned. White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, resigned. White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, resigned. Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, resigned. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, fired. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, fired. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, resigned. VA Secretary David Shulkin, fired.

That’s some list. It’s indicative of a president, and an administration, in constant flux. Trump isn’t settled in yet. He also appears to be very difficult to work with and for. Add into the equation the high number of diplomatic posts still needing to be filled in the state department and it seems some of the highest levels of our federal government lack firm footing.

What kind of message does this send to the world, looking for leadership and experience? What kind of message does it send to U.S. citizens, looking for continuity and reliability? What kind of message does it send to our enemies, looking for weakness and vulnerability? One thing is certain — the constant administrative shuffle doesn’t bode well for our nation.

If only our president acted with a level head, was measured, and gave qualified people the chance to do their jobs properly.  The key word, of course, is qualified. Many of Trump’s appointees have not been so, but rather have won their positions through political favor of some sort or another or due to fame or fortune. 

The whole situation is a mess, and one that doesn’t seem to be changing as Trump matures into his presidency. That’s too bad, because now, more than ever, this country needs stability. For that, though, we’d need a man — or woman — in office who is stable himself. If past actions are any indication, that seems unlikely so long as Trump remains president.