Ex-Reagan adviser: Trump’s cabinet could go down as the worst in history

Don’t take my word for it.

Barely nine months into President Donald Trump’s term, prominent figures on both sides of the political divide are already wondering whether the administration could be historically incompetent.

Bruce Bartlett, economic historian and former adviser to President Ronald Reagan, took to Twitter and suggested that Trump's cabinet picks may end up being viewed as the worst ever, singling out Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and recently-resigned former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price:

Alan Krueger, ex-head of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, responded without skipping a beat, referring to Mick Mulvaney, head of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin:

Ouch.

Mnuchin and his wife have come under fire for being among the many Trump cabinet members that appear to be living lavishly on the taxpayer dime — and bragging about it on social media. More broadly, many in Washington see him as a policy dilettante generally disliked by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Notable people who have been fired or resigned from Trump's administration:

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White House Communications Director Hope Hicks reportedly announced her resignation after testifying about her job and being required to tell "white lies."

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H.R. McMaster was replaced by John Bolton as national security advisor in March 2018.

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Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn announced his resignation in March 2018 after becoming a key architect of the 2017 tax overhaul 

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Sally Yates was fired from her post as acting attorney general when she refused to enforce President Trump's travel ban. 

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Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser in February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with Russian officials. 

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President Trump announced David Shulkin was out as secretary of veterans affairs by sending a tweet announcing he had nominated his personal physican, Ronny Jackson, to replace him on March 28, 2018.

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Trump fired Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh amid White House leaks in April.

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President Trump fired U.S. Attorney in Manhattan Preet Bharara in March.

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Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in early May.

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Mike Dubke resigned as White House communications director in late May.

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Walter Shaub, former Director of the United States Office of Government Ethics in Washington, DC resigned in July.

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Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned in July.

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Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus resigned in July.

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Former advisor to President Donald Trump Steve Bannon resigned in August.

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Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director was fired in July after just 10 days on the job. 

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Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigned in late September. 

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Brad DeLong, a Berkeley economist and former Treasury official under President Bill Clinton, shared Krueger’s brutal assessment of the Treasury Secretary:

That Mnuchin is one of the primary architects of Trump's tax cut plans should give little comfort to Wall Street, with repeated stock market records this year that have been predicated on the plans' passage. 

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