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ABC News: WH Staffers Fired or Reassigned Over Security Clearances

ABC News: WH Staffers Fired or Reassigned Over Security Clearances
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By    |   Wednesday, 07 March 2018 05:35 PM

Multiple White House staffers have lost their jobs or been reassigned due to issues with their security clearance, including a member of the Office of the First Lady, ABC News reports.

Unnamed sources told ABC that several individuals have been fired or reassigned, and several more await consideration in the next few days.

Last month, White House chief of staff John Kelly issued a memo detailing changes to the administration's policy on security clearance in the wake of former aide Rob Porter's ousting. Porter, the former White House Staff Secretary, drew headlines for holding an interim top security clearance despite a background check turning up allegations of domestic abuse.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner saw his own security clearance diminished following Kelly's memo.

This shakeup follows months of top-level departures from the White House. NPR reports Trump's White House has seen more senior aides leave in the first 13½ months than any of the previous four presidents had in two years, with 43 percent of top-level positions vacated so far.

Trump addressed the staff turnover in a press conference Tuesday, just before economic adviser Gary Cohn announced his resignation.

"Yeah, there'll be people — I'm not going to be specific — but there'll be people that change," Trump told reporters, according to NPR. "They always change. Sometimes they want to go out and do something else."

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Multiple White House staffers have lost their jobs or been reassigned, including a member of the Office of the First Lady, due to security clearance concerns, according to ABC News.
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