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Trump Hit With Bad News As Cabinet Exodus Expected After Midterm Elections

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A huge amount has been said and written about the looming midterms in recent weeks and months, and rightly so. These elections will probably be the most significant non-presidential contest in a very, very long time – they could, and probably will, make or break Trump‘s presidency. All of Washington is in a state of extreme anticipation at the moment as they await with great anxiety the results that will dictate the direction of American politics for the next two years.

Plenty to worry about, then. Everyone at a high level in politics has a huge amount to lose in these elections, Trump most of all. It can’t get any worse for him, right?

Well, it might have seemed that way, but in fact, things just got about a thousand times worse.

Interviews with numerous senior officials have revealed that many of them are considering quitting their positions in Trump’s Cabinet following the midterms. Given that Trump has already lost – or been forced to move – no less than eight Cabinet officials since his inauguration, if these reports turn out to be true, they will represent a very substantial blow to his presidential authority, compounding any losses in the midterms many times over.

And that would just be the start. If the Democrats gain seats and possibly even a majority in the Senate, that will make the task of confirming replacements for Trump’s departed officials practically impossible. Far from focussing on very important things like building The Wall which Trump would surely love to do once all this midterms lark is over, he would be forced to exert a huge amount of time and effort just to fill the empty slots at the top level of his government.

Image: White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

The list of officials who have indicated that they are close to being fed up of working for Trump (and can we blame them, really?) numbers no less than six, which is a sizeable number when it comes to ministerial positions. Some we knew of already, such as US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who announced a few weeks ago that she is planning to leave her post before the year is out.

Other names to go along with hers include Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Plus, Trump will probably make things worse for himself by firing (or bungling an attempt to fire) Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with whom he has had a very long-running public feud over Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion inquiry.

Not looking good for him, is it?


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