It was a catchphrase from his days as host of The Apprentice and, now in the White House, Donald Trump has shown he’s still happy to tell someone: You’re fired.
Since the former celebrity businessman entered the Oval Office, the list of departures from his administration has been rising rapidly.
Some have been dismissed, some have resigned.
Here’s a partial list of officials who have been sacked or have left the administration since Mr Trump took office on January 20.
The Federal Bureau of Information director had been leading an investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to influence the election outcome when he was fired by Mr Trump in May.
Arguably the most controversial dismissal, Mr Comey’s firing sent shockwaves through Washington. The White House narrative about how and why Mr Trump dismissed the FBI director changed frequently in the days following the dismissal. However, Mr Trump admitted in an NBC interview: “When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,” he said.
The acting US attorney general was fired by Mr Trump in January after she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to enforce Mr Trump’s controversial immigration ban.
The president accused Ms Yates of having “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”
Ms Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, said in an open letter that she is “not convinced that the executive order is lawful”.
Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Republican-led US Senate, called Mr Trump’s decision “chilling”.
Mr Trump’s national security adviser resigned in February after disclosures that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Mr Trump took office and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.
Ms Yates later said Mr Flynn had left himself “compromised” by having a conversation with the Russian ambassador, and then lying to the vice president about it.
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She said that the Russians knew the conversation with Sergey Kislyak had taken place, but the White House did not – meaning that Mr Flynn could be “essentially blackmailed by the Russians.”
The former leading…