Trump calls reports regarding more staff shake-ups ‘exaggerated’

President Trump on Thursday said reports suggesting he is planning more staff shake-ups are “exaggerated,” notes The Hill.

The abrupt Tuesday firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has fueled a great deal of speculation about possible upcoming dismissals.

Names mentioned in various media reports include Chief of Staff John Kelly, Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

“The story was very false,” Trump told reporters gathered in the Oval Office. “I mean they wrote a story about staff changes today that was very false.”

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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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Without mentioning who “they” are, Trump continued, “We made a wonderful change.”

“I think Mike Pompeo is going to be an incredible secretary of state. We have some wonderful ideas…There will always be change but very little,” the president further said. “It was a very false story. It was very — a very exaggerated and false story.” 

Hours after his remarks, the Washington Post reported, citing inside sources, that Trump has “decided to remove” McMaster.

In response, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted, “Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster – contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the [National Security Council].”

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