So many prominent figures have resigned or been fired from Donald Trump’s White House over the past month, he might soon need to hang a “help wanted” sign out front. A number of Trump’s own people have departed over the past month, amid infighting and purges and controversy. In addition, dozens of others have resigned from White House council in protest of Trump’s racism and antics. Now Trump is suffering yet another major departure.
This time it’s Stanley Fischer, the vice-chair of the US central bank, who is hitting the showers early. He’s “citing personal” reason, which is nearly always the line floated by those exiting high profile positions, regardless of the reason. Fischer’s term isn’t supposed to end until the middle of 2018, but instead he’s bailing now (link). While we may or may not ever find out for sure whether Fischer is tacitly resigning due to Trump, his exit is part of two major problems for Trump.
The first problem is that, while every administration faces resignations and early departures over the years, large chunks of the Donald Trump administration are now rapidly disappearing in a manner that’s anything but natural. The second problem is that Trump seems to have no ability to desire to fill most of the positions being vacated. He still has no White House Chief Strategist after the departure of Steve Bannon and no Director of Homeland Security since the transfer of John Kelly. As Trump has gone through several White House Communications Directors, the position has been vacant more often than not.
This comes even as Donald Trump has declined to appoint Ambassadors to a number of foreign nations, including some of the nations involved in the international incidents he’s tried to create. Overall, Trump has left vacant more than eighty percent of appointable positions in the federal government.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report