trump presser 3 6 2018
Trump: Everybody wants to work in the WH
01:23 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Here’s President Donald Trump on Tuesday seeking to beat back criticism that his White House is in crisis amid a series of high-profile staff departures:

“Many, many people want every single job. You know, I read where, ‘Oh, gee, maybe people don’t want to work for Trump.’ And believe me, everybody wants to work in the White House. They all want a piece of that Oval Office; they want a piece of the West Wing. And not only in terms of it looks great on their résumé; it’s just a great place to work.”

Trump’s insistence that the White House is “a great place to work” seems to be belied by the fact that so many senior aides have either resigned or been fired over just the first year of this presidency.

This list, compiled with an assist from Brenna Williams and CNN’s White House reporters, contains almost three dozen people who were hired or nominated by Trump or were advisers to him and left between January 20 and today. Each name is linked to a story about their departure – if you want to go deeper.

(One note: This would be an even longer list if it included people like James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Preet Bharara – all holdovers from a past administration who have left or been fired by Trump.)

“This is an intense place,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders at her daily press briefing on Wednesday. “It’s not abnormal that you would have people come and go.”

Except that it is extremely abnormal, if you look at history. According to calculations made by Kathryn Dunn Tenpas at Brookings, there has been a 43% attrition rate among senior staffers within the Trump administration. That