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Steve Linick

Inspector general (State)

Departure announced May 15, 2020

Linick, a 2013 Obama appointee who has criticized department leadership for alleged retribution toward staffers, will be replaced by Stephen J. Akard, a State Department spokesperson confirmed Friday. President Trump said in a Friday letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that the inspector general no longer had his “fullest confidence” and would be removed in 30 days, the required period of advance notice to lawmakers. Read full story

The Trump administration has seen a remarkable amount of turnover in key positions. Below are all the notable departures that have taken place since Inauguration Day. Cabinet and other positions requiring Senate confirmation are outlined in orange; other appointments are in gray. Click each person’s name to learn more about the circumstances of their departure.

Several top officials left the Department of Homeland Security in April as Trump sought a more hard-line approach to the growing migrant crisis at the southern border. Many of those who departed, including Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secret Service Director Tex Alles, were appointed at the urging of then-White House chief of staff John Kelly.

As part of a broad shake-up of his administration, several key officials left in March. The president fired his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, in a tweet and replaced economic adviser Gary Cohn, who quit over disagreements on trade. Veterans Affairs head David Shulkin also left following disagreements with his senior staff over privatizing veterans care.

In the span of 10 days in late July, three notable West Wing staffers left. Sean Spicer resigned because he disagreed with the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Reince Priebus resigned. Scaramucci (who was on the job for only 10 days) was fired July 31.

Trump’s decision to fire James B. Comey in May 2017 led to intense criticism from both sides of the aisle. The administration contended that Comey was let go for mishandling the investigation of Clinton’s email during the election, not for his role in investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The termination is part of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.

Obama holdovers, such as White House chief usher Angella Reid fired in May 2017, are not included. Neither are figures like Mercedes Schlapp, who left a role in the Trump administration to join the Trump campaign as his reelection bid staffed up.

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Laris Karklis and Tim Meko contributed to this report.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention required Senate confirmation.

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Officials are placed on the date of the announcement of their departure. Some remained in their post after that date.

The Post chose the most high-profile White House and Senate-confirmed departures to include on this page. An initial list of White House departures was compiled by Dr. Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a nonresident senior fellow for governance studies at the Brookings Institution, working with the White House Transition Project. Her full report on White House turnover is here.

Others on the list come from staff and news reports. Don’t see someone notable who you think fits these criteria? Let us know.

Originally published March 16, 2018.

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