CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday ran through and exhaustive list of not just who has left the White House since Donald Trump took office—but why.
Tapper explained it was a “tense day on Wall Street” after the departure of former Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn, who was considered “the voice of reason” in the White House.
“This underlines one of the most important points about the veritable cavalcade of White House and Trump administration departures that we’ve seen—the sheer volume is quite astounding—it’s also the reasoning behind all of these exists: highlighting substantive issues whether related to ethics, or lack thereof, or the Russia investigation or anything else,” Tapper said. “Reasons that help explain why the president’s approval rating is historically low.”
The CNN host then explained the litany of Trump and White House officials who’ve left under a cloud of scandal, including former Nationals Security Adviser Mike Flynn, former FBI Director James Comey, former Communications Director Hope Hicks, and onetime White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, as well as those who left amid “turbulence and chaos” or were ousted following revelations of “racist, homophobic, otherwise inappropriate” statements.
Tapper noted his list was “not even close to comprehensive.”
“We still don’t know who might be next voted off the island.”
“So in context, as you pour out a cold one for your homie Gary Cohn … keep in mind that what matters just as much as who is leaving is why,” Tapper added.