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

Getty ImagesWhite House senior staffers are sworn in on January 22, 2017. Many of them have since been fired or left their positions.
  • 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 in 2017, only 10 remain.
  • Here’s a look at which senior staffers have survived the Trump White House (so far).


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 U.S. 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

Johny DeStefano initally 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.


Jason Greenblatt, Middle East Envoy

Jason Greenblatt, a lawyer, has also survived rounds of firings in the White House. Greenblatt now oversees the US’ relationship with the Middle East. Before joining the White House, Greenblatt was the executive vice president of the Trump Organisation, as well as the chief legal officer to President Trump.


Keith Kellogg, National Security Adviser to the Vice President

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

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

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.


Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Press Secretary

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of politician Mike Huckabee, began her time at the White House as deputy press secretary under the now long-gone Sean Spicer. She is frequently tasked with defending many of the Trump Administration’s controversial policies and the president’s statements. Through her tenure, she has become increasingly combative with White House reporters and has been a frequent user of the term “fake news.”


Ivanka Trump, first daughter and Adviser to the President

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. The first daughter was recently caught using her personal email for government affairs.

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