The mood inside the White House is the worst it's ever been, with staffers calling it 'the most toxic working environment on the planet'

  • White House staffers are growing anxious and complained that working in the West Wing has become "toxic."
  • Concerns have grown after officials were seen being escorted out of the building.
  • The recent wave of resignations and firings of White House officials have also done little to calm the mood.

The White House is being called "the most toxic working environment on the planet" by some staffers as rumors of another wave of firings have circulated, Axios reported Wednesday.

"Usually tough times bring people together," a White House official told Axios. "But right now this atmosphere is ripping people apart.

"There's no leadership, no trust, no direction and at this point there's very little hope," the official continued. "Would you want to go to work every day not knowing whether your future career was going to be destroyed without explanation?"

Following the abrupt firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, officials were reportedly vague in providing details on the fate of senior White House officials that have drawn ire from President Donald Trump, including White House chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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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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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned from his position on July 5, 2018 after a number of ethics scandals.

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Rob Porter resigned as White House staff secretary in February 2018 amid abuse allegations made by his ex-wives.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Trump in March 2018.

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

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White House aide Kelly Sadler left her position in June 2018 after reportedly mocking Sen. John McCain.

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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 FBI Director James Comey in early May.

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

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

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White House aide Omarosa Manigault insists she resigned and was not fired from her role in December 2017.

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

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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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White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka resigned in August 2017. 

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Rick Dearborn, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs, left the White House in December 2017.

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Though rumors of discontent between Trump and Tillerson circulated in 2017, the approach Trump took to fire Tillerson on Tuesday caught staffers by surprise, Axios reported.

Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, also resigned earlier this month, after facing an uphill battle against Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Asked by a reporter of any updates on his position in the White House, McMaster replied: "Hey, I'm still around."

The anxiety in the White House has also been exacerbated after several officials were escorted out of the building due to security clearance issues, sources told Axios. In addition to the firing of John McEntee, Trump's longtime personal assistant, on Wednesday, an aide to first lady Melania Trump was reportedly escorted out.

Kelly, who was also reportedly on Trump's radar, enacted stricter measures for security clearances following a scandal involving a former aide, Rob Porter. The overhauled process has so far claimed the security clearance of Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

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