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In a span of less than eight months, President Trump’s administration has suffered a record-setting number of casualties with the departures of nine White House staffers, two agency directors, one Cabinet member, and over 25 members of various advisory panels and councils.

The most notable withdrawals are those of Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn, Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, and Press Secretary Sean Spicer. These resignations demonstrate the tumult not only in the West Wing as a whole, but also within the president’s exclusive inner circle.

Reince Priebus, the former White House Chief of Staff, was forced out by the president before reaching six months in office. In the months leading up to his departure, Priebus demonstrated that he was not capable of regulating an ultra-anarchic West Wing. In late July, Priebus partook in a week-long public feud with then-communications director Anthony Scaramucci. A few days later, Priebus was replaced by John Kelly, who has proven to be a rare constructive addition to the White House dynamic. Kelly has already eliminated some chaos by firing chief strategist Steve Bannon and Scaramucci in his attempt to instill discipline and order in the administration. Nevertheless, these senior staff shakeups by President Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly have given the nation a unique look into the Trump administration’s dysfunctional and anarchic West Wing.

Since day one of Trump’s presidential term, scandals have engulfed his administration. The White House’s first major scandal involved General Michael T. Flynn (Ret.), who served as the National Security Adviser for a mere 23 days. He allegedly misled Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials, about his phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak prior to Inauguration Day. Flynn’s 23-day stint exemplifies the turmoil which exists in the offices surrounding the most powerful man in the world.

Anthony Scaramucci served as White House communications director for the shortest term in history, a mere ten days. His time, like Flynn’s, was filled with nothing but turmoil. Dubbed “the Mooch,” Scaramucci was fired by Kelly due to, among other incidents, a vulgarity-filled phone call with a New Yorker reporter that was made public.

The hirings of Scaramucci and Flynn represent the current administration’s lack of commitment to properly vet candidates as well as their lack of respect for the offices of the National Security Adviser and Communications Director.

After suffering six months of mockery and ridicule from the press and the entire nation, Sean Spicer, the White House’s press secretary and second Communications Director, submitted his resignation to the president. However, Spicer informed President Trump that his resignation was due to his disagreement with the president’s hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director, which he affirms as his official reason. Spicer’s predecessor as Communications Director, Mike Dubke, served in the post for 86 days (roughly three months) before handing his resignation to President Trump on May 18th. In an email to associates, Dubke wrote that his “reasons for leaving are personal.” However, Dubke and Spicer’s resignations, both of whom were considered outsiders to the Trump White House, demonstrate that President Trump is not willing to bring people on the “inside.” Dubke and Spicer were never able to become as trusted as advisers who are also the President’s relatives or have been with the president since before the campaign.

The divided Trump administration has repeatedly shown its inability to maintain a united front behind the president and his frequently divisive comments. Two business councils, the Strategic and Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Council, have been disbanded due to the number of CEOs who resigned following President Trump’s Charlottesville comments. The CEO of Merck, a former member of the President’s Manufacturing Council, released a statement affirming that he “feels a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

Several other CEOs followed Frazier’s lead and resigned from their councils, and all 17 members of a White House arts panel resigned en masse. These council disbandments are the latest products of the White House’s divisive rhetoric and nature, going to such an extreme that even the president’s own council members cannot support him.

The White House’s constant hiring and firing of senior staff positions reveal President Trump’s instability and poor judgment in choosing staff members. The White House senior staff has more access to the president than anyone else in the country. They advise him on a variety of issues, including some pertaining to national security. These powerful positions must be filled with smart, thoughtful, and capable individuals rather than Trump’s family and close friends.