The Trump administration is more like an episode of the Apprentice than a presidential administration, and “You’re fired!” seems to be the catchphrase of the year. One of the casualties, former Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon, was fired following the fallout from the Unite the Right rally and the terrorist attack by a white supremacist in Charlottesville. Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn was fired because he mislead Mike Pence on the nature of meetings with Sergey Kislyak, where he discussed loosening Russian sanctions. Former White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci, was fired for using expletive-laced insults about Reince Priebus, former Chief of Staff, and Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist, and accusing Priebus of leaking confidential information from the White House. Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary, and Sebastian Gorka, former Special Assistant to the President, both resigned, along with Michael Dubke, former White House Director of Communications, and Tom Price, former Health and Human Services Secretary.

       Of the remaining staff, Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Secretary of State, has faced significant controversy, as well as a contentious relationship with the President. Tillerson’s roots are in Exxon Mobil, where he started in 1975 and became CEO in 2006. During this time, he forged deep ties with Russia and their oil companies, becoming good friends with Vladimir Putin, and even won the Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin in 2013. While working for the Trump administration, Tillerson has advocated for a diplomatic dialogue between North Korea and the United States, while Trump has been using verbal threats of war. For months now their relationship has been tense, both firing comments at each other, Trump criticizing Tillerson’s more level-headed approach to foreign policy.

       Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, former Chief Information Officer at Goldman Sachs, is now in charge of enforcing and retracting economic sanctions against foreign nations and rewriting the tax code, neither of which he has done very much to fix. Meanwhile, he and his wife, Louise Linton, have been shrouded in controversy since Linton posted a picture on social media of her disembarking a government plane for their honeymoon with designer brand clothing tagged in the photo, an incredibly offensive post when many Americans struggle to make ends meet. Linton later apologized, saying, “I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive.”

       The Secretary of Defense is James Mattis, formerly the general of the Marine Corps who served as Central Command from 2010 to 2013. He supports a tougher relationship with Russia, including sanctions, keeping NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), which protects the countries involved and creates diplomatic relations, and the Iran Nuclear Agreement, slowing down Iran’s nuclear development. Mattis’s more rational stance on these policies has caused a rift between him and Trump, who has more irrational views on how to handle these policies.  

       Attorney General Jeff Sessions has come under fire repeatedly since Trump took office.  Previously the Senator of Alabama, Sessions is now the most conservative member of Trump’s administration.  The National Review dubbed Sessions “amnesty’s worst enemy” in 2014 due to the fact that Sessions has opposed almost every immigration bill, regarding both illegal and legal immigration, that has passed through the senate in the last two decades.  Furthermore, Sessions sparked controversy when he said he thought the Ku Klux Klan was “okay until I found out they smoked pot.” He may have been involved in the Russia scandal, potentially attending a meeting with Russian Ambassador and alleged spy Sergey Kislyak.

       At this point, it is difficult for the public to keep track of President Trump’s administration. Since January, 14 people have been fired. This dysfunctional administration and its rotating cast have created a sense of disorganization and chaos across the nation, which opponents would argue is exactly the goal, Since scandals and firings keep the voting public in a perpetual state of distraction from the real and pressing issues facing the nation.  

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