Report: White House aides were planning for Carson, Shulkin departures when Trump announced McMaster’s replacement 

President Trump on Thursday announced via Twitter that he’s replacing his national security adviser H. R. McMaster.

Politico reports, citing sources, the tweet was a surprise even for some White House staffers who were drafting a consolidated statement for multiple senior-level departures.

“White House chief of staff John Kelly and other top aides were waiting for inspector general reports that they believed would deliver devastating verdicts on Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who have both been accused of racking up extravagant expenses. They were also debating whether several senior White House aides, including McMaster, should go with them,” the publication noted.

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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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Trump’s McMaster announcement came after weeks of speculation that the president was considering this move.

“I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9,” Trump wrote in his tweet.

At a press conference in early March, the president pushed back against reports of “chaos” in the White House over recent staff changes.

“The White House has a tremendous energy, and we have tremendous talent,” Trump told reporters. “Believe me, everybody wants to work in the White House. They all want a piece of that Oval Office.”

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Thank you to Lieutenant General HR McMaster for your service and loyalty to our country. Your selfless courage and… https://t.co/0Gi3SkFk7g
This is the new National Security Advisor? Disqualified by horrible judgment and dangerous for America and the worl… https://t.co/IeptDjdCJM
I know John Bolton well, he is an excellent choice who will do an great job as National Security Advisor. General M… https://t.co/L4IQ0rARHI
Replacing Tillerson with Pompeo and McMaster with Bolton could have a profound impact on U.S. foreign policy, start… https://t.co/xEr9rn3Toc
Another step backwards for an administration already going full throttle in reverse. If you’re worried about our na… https://t.co/kGqW57Q9Tp
I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very… https://t.co/dlRJSb9xW1
Now HR McMaster is out. Instead firing his entire staff one by one, Trump should cut to the chase and fire himself already.
Exciting news. BZ @AmbJohnBolton https://t.co/LlUIY3q3Li
Amb John Bolton will be great National Security Adviser for @realDonaldTrump. Ridiculously knowledgable. Leaks from… https://t.co/oYH0HI6K2Z
John Bolton is a dangerous radical. He has spent his career pushing fringe conspiracy theories and undermining key… https://t.co/dPDfjmyCBk
POTUS has just destroyed rational policy-making in selecting reactionary John Bolton as the National Security Advisor.
With the appointments of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, @realDonaldTrump is successfully lining up his war cabinet. B… https://t.co/ENxgUMjvTW
General McMaster has served our nation incredibly well for 34 years, and I thank him for the work he has done in le… https://t.co/LqEPzJXY7H
I will always be grateful to my friend Gen. H.R. McMaster for his service as @POTUS' Nat Sec Adv & congratulate him… https://t.co/Xd2JUcT14p
Congratulations to new National Security Advisor John Bolton. @AmbJohnBolton is a highly respected American patriot… https://t.co/gnFUmHQt6s
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