MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow” show on Tuesday examined a year of chaos for the administration of President Donald Trump since Mike Flynn resigned for lying about meeting Russians to discuss America’s sanctions.
“It was one year ago — today — that the Trump White House personnel-carousel first fell off it’s axis and started randomly flinging people off throughout the night,” Maddow reminded.
“A year ago today, White House National Security Advisor Mike Flynn became the shortest-lived ever National Security Advisor when — after 24 days on the job, he resigned,” Maddow noted.
She recounted the causes of Flynn’s departure and the different defenses of Flynn that came from President Donald Trump and then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
“It has since been a remarkable series of revelations about contacts with the Russian government, but it’s also been an incredible time in terms of Trump administration people flunking out, people resigning or getting fired or otherwise having to leave high-ranking government service,” Maddow observed.
“We have been struggling mightily to find the right font to try to keep this thing updated in terms of senior administration officials who have quit, been fired or otherwise left,” Maddow explained. “Just in the past five days, we had to squeeze in a third White House deputy chief of staff, a White House speech writer, a White House staff secretary, the deputy head of the Federal Rail Administration and the Associate Attorney General, the number three person at the Justice Department, all of whom announced their own departures within the last four or five days.”
“But of everybody Mike Flynn was first,” Maddow reminded.
“Look at everybody who has come since then,” Maddow observed, while turning to marvel at the list of names.
“And now today, this totally unprecedented rate of turnover in the White House and in the senior ranks of this administration, it continues to be in focus, because all of Washington right now is on the edge of their seat with expectation that President Trump is about to lose yet another chief of staff,” Maddow explained. “John Kelly is taking the blame for the White House handling of Rob Porter, the staff secretary pushed out last week, after serving more than a year in that high-ranking job without a permanent security clearance, because of serious domestic violence allegations against him, allegations that were communicated to the FBI by Porter’s ex-wives and the concerns were repeatedly conveyed to the White House.”