White House Morale Update: More departures are expected by the end of summer.
The Trump White House could resemble a ghost town by the end of the summer — with an increasing number of open jobs, a still broken process to fill them, and a lack of interest from experienced Republicans willing to join a turbulent administration.
In the coming weeks, White House legislative director Marc Short is expected to leave; deputy chief of staff for operations Joe Hagin has already announced his retirement from government; and Trump loyalist Dan Scavino, press secretary Sarah Sanders, and deputy press secretary Raj Shah are also reportedly eyeing the exits. It’s also unclear how much longer Kelly will stay at the White House, given he’s been losing influence with the president. Politico first reported, and two sources confirmed to BuzzFeed News, that Kelly has been using the gym in the Eisenhower Executive Office building during the day. There’s long been speculation that he will depart this summer after serving in the role for a year.
Conservative Partnership Institute, a Republican group, hosted an unusual job fair on Capitol Hill this month for those interested in executive branch jobs. Organizers say about 1,000 people attended the fair, along with about 40 government officials representing 30 different federal agencies, including Sean Doocey, deputy assistant to the president for presidential personnel.
Many of the attendees, according to two sources, were not hill staffers or beltway political operatives, but Trump supporters with little to no government experience who traveled to DC for the occasion.