However, just because some high level aides –including ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer — have resigned doesn’t mean that they have actually departed the premises, according to Politico.
According to the report, “No one is exactly sure what Spicer is doing these days at the White House; he quit five weeks ago but is still there while negotiating his next gig and meeting with TV networks, while staying on the payroll.”
Ousted White House strategist Steve Bannon reportedly resigned and stuck around for two additional weeks while calling rumors of his departure “bullshit,” even those he was being frozen out by other top Trump advisers.
Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also reportedly resigned weeks before it was abruptly announced by Trump on Twitter that he was being replaced by General John Kelly. Politico notes Priebus, “wandered around the halls of the Executive Office Building for days, taking occasional meetings, looking for other gigs and taking a vacation before his employment formally concludes at the end of August.”
Those who haven’t left appear to be making contingency plans to bail, with top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn having already written his resignation letter after President Trump’s disastrous response to the Charlottesville violence at an impromptu press conference at Trump Tower.
“The president’s top economic adviser talked to his family about quitting, and his wife urged him to do so. He went to Bedminster for a last-minute meeting with the president last Friday, according to people familiar with the session,” Politico reports. “But he didn’t quit, instead choosing to criticize Trump in an interview with the Financial Times while sticking around to see what Trump will do – leaving Cohn in limbo and his White House colleagues and others mystified.”
Additionally Attorney General Jeff Sessions has already offered to resign after Trump criticized his performance, but has remained — for the moment.
You can read the whole report here.