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11 Trump Employees The Media Keeps Insisting Will Hear ‘You’re Fired’ Yet Are Still Employed

It’s hard to keep putting faith in the media’s reports until reality matches rhetoric.


President Trump reportedly gave Chief of Staff Reince Priebus a deadline of July 4 to complete a White House shakeup. Although Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied the claims, rumors of resignations and firings have plagued the White House since the beginning of Trump’s presidency. And two days past the rumored deadline, Trump’s staff has remained largely the same.

With media spreading rumors about the firing or resignation of such big names as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Spicer, and even the chief of staff himself, it’s hard to keep putting faith in these kinds of reports until reality matches the rhetoric. Here’s a rundown of big names the media has cried wolf on regarding Trump administration exits.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Who Reported: ABC News, Axios, The Blaze, The Boston GlobeBusiness Insider, Daily CallerFox News, The Hill, Mediaite, New York Post, New York Times, NPR, Politico, SlateWall Street Journal, The Washington Post

The reason: The president was reportedly upset with Sessions for creating a “politically correct” version of his proposed executive order temporarily limiting migration from terrorist-hotbed countries, as well as recusing himself from an investigation in Russian involvement in the election.

Source: Anonymous

A snapshot: “Since Sessions is just as frustrated with Trump as POTUS is with him, the AG was willing to toss out the resignation offer at one point.” Mediaite

White House Counsel Don McGahn

Who reported: Axios, The BlazeBusiness Insider, CBS NewsNew York Daily NewsNew York Magazine, New York Post, Salon

The reason: Trump never understood why McGahn didn’t try to keep Sessions from recusing himself from the Russia probe.

Source: Anonymous

A snapshot: “The official said McGahn’s relationship with Trump began to sour after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.” New York Post

Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Who reported: BBCBloombergBusiness InsiderCBS NewsFox NewsThe Hill, IndependentNew York Daily News, New York Times, Newsweek, ReutersWall Street Journal, Washington Times

The reason: Trump has reportedly been discontent with Spicer for what he sees as failure to properly defend Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as FBI director. Spicer will reportedly hold his position, but make less appearances in front of the camera.

Source: Anonymous

A snapshot: “One consideration being thrown around is the possibility of Mr. Trump himself holding a press conference every two weeks and reducing Spicer’s press briefings down to once or twice a week.” CBS News

Chief of Staff Reince Priebus

Who reported: Axios, The Blaze, Business Insider, Mediaite, NBC NewsNew York Magazine, New York Post, New York Times, Politico, US News, Washington Examiner

The reason: Priebus was rumored to be up for resignation in February, due to his involvement with the temporary travel ban.

Source: Anonymous

A snapshot: “The president has joked repeatedly with Mr. Priebus, whose mother is of Greek descent, that he would send him to Athens as ambassador to Greece.” New York Times

Chief Strategist Steve Bannon

Who reported: AxiosThe Blaze, Business InsiderCNBCCNNThe HillMediaite, New York Magazine, New York Post, Newsweek, Salon, Time

The reason: Bannon reportedly threatened to resign after being removed from his seat in the National Security Council in April. Spokesmen have denied Bannon making any such threat.

Source: Anonymous

A snapshot: “According to Harnik, it’s unlikely Trump would consider replacing any of his Cabinet members, but White House staff—including Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, press secretary Sean Spicer and counsel Don McGahn—are all potentially on the chopping block.” The Blaze

Senior Adviser Jared Kushner

Who reported: Fox News, The GuardianHuffington Post, New York Daily NewsPolitico, US News

The reason: Kushner has been reported to possibly have been in collusion with Russia.

Source: Speculation.

A snapshot: “It’s not clear that Trump would remove a family member, and Kushner’s lawyer said he is willing to cooperate with the various investigations into the matter.” Politico

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

Who reported: Axios, Business InsiderNew York Daily News, Salon

The reason: Trump was reportedly unhappy with Ross for praising himself too much on a China trade announcement.

Source: Anonymous

A snapshot: “Trump has two complaints about Cabinet members: Either they’re tooting their own horns too much, or they’re insufficiently effusive in praising him as a brilliant diplomat, etc.” Axios

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price

Who reported: Axios, Business Insider, Salon

The reason: The president was reportedly upset with Price for his role in the slow pace of Obamacare repeal legislation.

Source: Anonymous

A snapshot: “While no Cabinet member is expected to be gone anytime soon, a shakeup in the White House appears to have a strong chance, according to Axios.” Salon

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein

Who reported: ABC News, Business Insider, Daily BeastThe Daily CallerHuffington PostNewsmax, New York Daily NewsUS News

The reason: Rosenstein reportedly threatened to resign after he was painted as the primary maker of the decision to fire Comey.

Source: Anonymous

A snapshot: “As the White House continued to push its version of the firing decision, Rosenstein bristled at how his role in the coup was being portrayed.” The Daily Caller

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

Who reported: Bloomberg, The Hill, Newsweek, New York Times

The reason: Although there are no reports explicitly placing McMaster on the “fired” list, Trump has allegedly complained about him speaking too much in meetings.

Source: Anonymous

A snapshot: “According to that report, Trump has ‘privately expressed regret’ for choosing McMaster to replace Michael Flynn, a fierce Trump loyalist who was fired after only 24 days on the job amid controversy over his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.” The Hill

Advisor Kellyanne Conway

Who reported: The AtlanticUS News, Vanity Fair,

The reasons: Conway caught heat in February after her story about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation conflicted with the official White House statement. An April article in Vanity Fair suggested Conway was “getting edged out at the White House.” And The Atlantic suggested Conway would be fired for encouraging Americans to “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”

Source: Speculation

A snapshot: “But less than three months into the White House, Conway’s portfolio appears diminished, as Kushner’s own has ballooned…Kushner, it seemed, had taken a bite out of Conway’s job. And this maneuver merely resurfaced a question that has been simmering around the Trump inner circle for months: What does Kellyanne Conway do when she is not on TV?” Vanity Fair