In an effort to address all the leaks emanating from the Trump administration, there are plans afoot to slowly whittle down the White House communications team (according to the latest batch of leaks). CBS News reports that two top staffers plan to make that task a bit easier: press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah.
Sanders has reportedly told friends that she plans to leave the administration by the end of the year. She disputed this on Twitter. (Sanders isn’t known for her dedication to the truth, so make of this what you will.)
CBS said Shah has not settled on a exit date.
These days, it seems like everyone in the Trump administration is thinking of quitting (except Scott Pruitt). Over the weekend the New York Times reported that there are many other “burned-out aides” planning their escape:
Mr. Trump, a former reality television star, may soon be working with a thinned-out cast in the middle of Season 2, well before the midterm elections. Several high-profile aides, including John F. Kelly, the president’s chief of staff, and Joe Hagin, a deputy of Mr. Kelly’s, are said to be thinking about how much longer they can stay. Last week, Mr. Kelly told visiting senators that the White House was “a miserable place to work,” according to a person with direct knowledge of the comment.
The Brookings Institution calculated that the turnover rate during Trump’s first year in office was 34 percent, nearly four times higher than the rate during Obama’s first year. The current White House turnover rate is 51 percent. The Trump administration is all about “be best” so in two years, don’t be surprised if the entire White House operation is just Trump dictating angry tweets to Ivanka.