Presidential historian Doug Wead said the media over-hypes the Trump White House turnover rate and cited historical examples to prove it on “Fox & Friends” Thursday.
“When I went to work on White House senior staff back in 1989 … they told me the average length of stay on White House senior staff was 1.5 years,” Wead said. (RELATED: CNN’s Chris Cuomo Faces Off Against Scaramucci Over White House Turnover)
“Reagan had four chiefs of staff, so did Bill Clinton. Barack Obama had five. George W. Bush had five secretaries of the treasury. And Jimmy Carter, who was only in office for four years, had six acting secretaries of state. This is very common. You change the staff depending on what new things need to be accomplished in the White House, which is constantly changing.”
Host Brian Kilmeade cited cabinet members who were shifted to different positions or promoted during Trump’s tenure, and Wead said turnover isn’t always a bad thing.
“It’s not necessarily that the person leaving did a bad job at all. It’s because there’s new things [Trump] wants to accomplish and new people with skills who have them to do,” Wead said.
He also cited Melania Trump’s Tuesday comments about Mira Ricardel, a deputy national security adviser, and how Ricardel wasn’t suited to serve in the West Wing.
“I will say this — Melania Trump, very healthy, her comments and speaking up for herself. You may know all about the world and be the smartest person on Earth about the world — if you’re not smart enough to figure out you need to treat the president’s wife and her staff, the president’s daughter and son-in-law and their staff with respect, you’re not smart enough to work in the White House,” Wead concluded.
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