The 8 White House senior staffers who have — so far — kept their jobs in the Trump administration

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  • The Trump White House is known for its record turnover numbers among senior staffers.
  • Of the 30 senior staffers sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence when President Donald Trump took office in 2017, only eight remain.
  • The most recent staffer to leave the administration was Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt.
  • Here’s a look at which senior staffers have survived the Trump White House so far.
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The Trump administration and White House is known for its high turnover among Cabinet secretaries, White House staffers, and other high-level administration posts.

Vice President Mike Pence signed in 30 senior staffers at the beginning of the Trump administration in January of 2017, but now just eight of those staffers remain.

Trump’s original chief of staff and press secretary – Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer – both left the White House just months later.


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The most recent senior staffer to leave the administration was Trump’s Middle East envoy and former Trump Organisation executive Jason Greenblatt, who is returning to the private sector after playing a key role in drafting the administration’s yet-to-be-released Israel-Palestine peace plan.

His responsibilities will reportedly be taken over by Avi Berkowitz, a 29-year-old aide to Jared Kushner who has no formal diplomatic experience but has also worked on the Middle East peace plan.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also announced her departure on June 13 and officially left the White House on June 28. She started out as a deputy press secretary under Sean Spicer, and became press secretary in July 2017.

Here are the eight original White House senior staffers who remain.


Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor

Pool/Getty ImagesKellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to the president

Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to the president, has been with Trump since day one. The former pollster is the first woman to successfully run a US presidential campaign and remains a close advisor to the president.

In an interview with NPR, Conway revealed that she has a large picture from the day when 30 White House senior staffers were sworn into office framed on her office wall. Though many have left, she said she keeps the picture as “a good reminder of where we started and where we are and the durability and toughness and longevity that some of us have.”


Johnny DeStefano, Counselor to the President

Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP PhotoJohnny DeStefano, Counselor to the President

Johny DeStefano initially ran the White House’s Office of Personnel but now has several other roles, including overseeing the Office of Political Affairs and the Office of Public Liason.

According to Politico, DeStefano, who has more government experience than many of his White House colleagues, has kept his White House position for so long because he is “nice to everyone.”


Dan Scavino, Social Media Director

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesDan Scavino attends the 140th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 2, 2018.

Dan Scavino, the White House’s social media director, first met Trump at one of the president’s golf courses, where he worked as a caddie as a teenager.

Conway told NPR that Scavino “occupies such a unique role and such a trusted role.”

“He really is the man behind the mission – the mission of this president to communicate directly with America,” she said.


Keith Kellogg, National Security Adviser to the Vice President

Carolyn Kaster/APRet. Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg speaks to reporters at Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Keith Kellogg is, according to Axios, “a man the president loves.” Before working as National Security Adviser to Mike Pence, Kellogg was the chief of staff at the National Security Council. He was also in charge of the presidential transition agency action team for defence.


Jared Kushner, Senior Adviser

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesJared Kushner, Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law

Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is married to Ivanka Trump (also a presidential adviser) and has been tasked with brokering peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, making deals with other countries (notably, Canada and Mexico) and improving governmental efforts in regards to the opiod crisis and Veterans Affairs, among other roles.

He has been credited with tirelessly pushing the president and congressional Republicans to pass the First Step Act, a major piece of criminal justice reform legislation.

In her interview with NPR, Conway characterised Kushner as having “a very quiet demeanour that belies an incredibly strong will and robust intellect.”


Stephen Miller, Senior Adviser

AP Photo/Andrew HarnikStephen Miller during a state dinner in Tokyo, Japan.

Stephen Miller has been with Donald Trump since his campaign days. Also Trump’s speechwriter, Miller was the architect of Trump’s infamous zero-tolerance policy, which separated children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Before becoming a major figure in the White House, though, Miller was an outspoken conservative activist in high school and college who worked on congressional campaigns.


Peter Navarro, Director of Trade

Andrew Harnik/APNational Trade Council adviser Peter Navarro.

Peter Navarro, Trump’s ultra-protectionist trade adviser, is an economist and former Democrat who is now overseeing the White House’s Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.

Navarro has been highly critical of Germany and China and, according to The Atlantic, is “among the most important generals in Trump’s trade war” – despite not being in the Cabinet.


Ivanka Trump, first daughter and Adviser to the President

Leah Millis/ReutersIvanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s oldest daughter, also serves as his adviser. Though she didn’t get a formal White House title until March 2017, Ivanka has stood by her father’s side since early in his campaign, and has focused her work on women’s empowerment and labour issues.

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