With each passing day, Donald Trump’s White House is looking more like a temp agency than a “running so smoothly” administration. On Friday night, another Trump adviser, Sebastian Gorka, resigned from his position at the White House.
But, something unusual is going on and some insiders have expressed concern about the disturbing pattern. It turns out, some high-level aides who have resigned –including ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon are still “working” at the White House, participating in meetings and getting paid, according to Politico.
According to the report, “No one is exactly sure what Spicer and Bannon are doing at the White House. Spicer quit five weeks ago but is still there while negotiating his next gig and meeting with TV networks, while staying on the payroll.”
Ousted White House strategist Steve Bannon reportedly resigned and stuck around for two additional weeks while calling rumors of his departure “bullshit,” even those he was being frozen out by other top Trump advisers.
Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also reportedly resigned weeks before it was abruptly announced by Trump on Twitter that he was being replaced by General John Kelly. Politico notes Priebus, “still wanders around the halls of the Executive Office Building, and taking occasional meetings.”
Those who haven’t left appear to be making contingency plans to bail, with top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn having already written his resignation letter after President Trump’s disastrous response to the Charlottesville violence at an impromptu press conference at Trump Tower.
“The president’s top economic adviser talked to his family about quitting, and his wife urged him to do so. He went to Bedminster for a last-minute meeting with the president last Friday, according to people familiar with the session,” Politico reports. “But he didn’t quit, instead choosing to criticize Trump in an interview with the Financial Times while sticking around to see what Trump will do – leaving Cohn in limbo and his White House colleagues and others mystified.”
Additionally, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has already offered to resign after Trump criticized his performance, but has remained — for the moment.
At this point, no one really knows for sure what is going on in the White House and why taxpayers have to pay for these freeloading crooks.