Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta is out — here are all the casualties of the Trump administration so far


Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta announced his resignation on Friday.
Acosta resigned amid controversy over his role orchestrating a secret plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein in a sex crimes case just over a decade ago.
Here are all the top-level people who’ve either been fired or resigned from the Trump administration and why they left.
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Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Friday announced his his resignation amid backlash over a secret plea deal he orchestrated for financier Jeffrey Epstein just over a decade ago

“I thought the right thing was to step aside,” Acosta told reporters outside of the White House.

The decision came just two days after Acosta defended his role in the Epstein plea deal at a press conference.

The Trump administration has been rocked by high-profile departures — including James Mattis as defense secretary and John Kelly as chief of staff — since Trump took office in January 2017.

Here are all the top-level people who’ve either been fired or resigned from the administration and why they left.

SEE ALSO: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving the Trump administration

Alex Acosta

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta resigned amid controversy over his role orchestrating a secret plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein in a sex crimes case just over a decade ago.

Initially, Acosta defended his role in the case, which spurred calls for his resignation. He said at a lengthy press conference on July 10: “We believe we acted appropriately the time.”

But Acosta changed his mind and called Trump to resign on Friday. The resignation becomes effective July 19.

“I thought the right thing was to step aside,” Acosta told to reporters at the White House.

Patrick Shanahan

Shanahan, a former Boeing executive who served as Trump’s acting defense secretary since Gen. Jim Mattis’ departure in December 2018, withdrew from the confirmation process to become the permanent secretary in June of 2019 after previous domestic violence-related family history came up in his confirmation process.

Sarah Sanders

“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump wrote in a Thursday tweet.

Trump added: “She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas.”

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