Just over three weeks ago — on July 27 — the New York Post made its cover “Survivor: White House” amid reports of chaos and uncertainty in the administration. With Steve Bannon’s departure Friday, three of the seven officials pictured are now gone.
Tomorrow's cover: In the latest episode of “White House Survivor,” the West Wing descended into chaos Thursday https://t.co/9n4WabNpff pic.twitter.com/CEihk60hwD— New York Post (@nypost) July 27, 2017
Bannon joins Reince Priebus (who was ousted July 28) and Anthony Scaramucci (who was removed from his new job as communications director before he could even formally start on July 31).
They join other notable departures from the Trump administration in its first not-quite-seven months:
- Acting Attorney General Sally Yates — fired January 30, 2017
- National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — resigned February 13, 2017
- Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh — resigned March 30, 2017
- FBI Director James Comey — fired May 9, 2017
- Director of communications Mike Dubke — resigned May 30, 2017
- Director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub — resigned July 6, 2017
- White House director of communications Sean Spicer— resigned July 21, 2017
- White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus — ousted July 28, 2017
- White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci — fired July 31, 2017
- White House chief strategist Steve Bannon — resigned August 18, 2017
Also on the New York Post cover is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom President Trump has repeatedly mocked on Twitter; Trump also told the New York Times in July that, in hindsight, “If he was going to recuse himself [from the Russia investigation], he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else.”
Sessions, though, still has his job.