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Report: Trump Administration's First Year Turnover Rate Highest in 40 Years

Report: Trump Administration's First Year Turnover Rate Highest in 40 Years
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By    |   Thursday, 28 December 2017 05:04 PM

The Trump administration has wracked up the highest first-year turnover rate of any administration in the last 40 years, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

With 21 of 61 senior officials resigning, getting fired or being reassigned, the 34 percent turnover rate for President Donald Trump's White House easily beats out President Ronald Reagan's 17 percent of turnover rate of senior aides in 1981, Kathryn Dunn-Tenpas, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told the Journal.

"Not only is the percentage double, the seniority of people leaving is extraordinarily high," Dunn-Tenpas told the Journal.

"That's unprecedented to me. The first year always seems to have some missteps on staffing, often because the skills that worked well running a campaign don't always align with what it takes to run a government. In this case, it's a president with no experience in government and people around him who also had no experience. So it's not surprising that it's higher than normal, but it's still surprising it's this high."

Trump's first-year turnover rate is three times higher than both former Presidents Barack Obama's 9 percent and Bill Clinton's 11 percent.

"Is it a mistake to have to fire people?" a senior administration official said, the Journal reported. "You're asking, did he make a mistake in hiring them in the first place? You have to be more specific about people."

"I know we love to learn the more generic points of palace intrigue than the finer points of policy sometimes, but we have a really good team here," the official added. "And we have a team that is very well managed by the chief of staff [John Kelly]."

The personnel tumult "is really destabilizing to the institution," Dunn-Tenpas told the Journal. "Every time there's turnover, they've got to hire someone new and spend time training them. And when you pull someone from one important position to another, there's this domino effect."

According to the Journal, turnover will be even higher in the second year, if history is any guide.

Reagan's turnover jumped to 40 percent in 1982; Clinton lost 27 percent of his key advisers in year two, and President George W. Bush, who lost 6 percent of his senior aides in his first year, saw 27 percent of them leave the following year, Dunn-Tenpas told the Journal.

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