Trump Administration Odds: Who Will Leave Trump First?
These are not good times for the Trump Administration. The schism between Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress is growing wider every day. He has blindsided the Joints Chief of Staff by banning transgenders from the military. He has called the sitting US Attorney General out on several occasions.
Who will be the first key figure in Trump’s inner circle to abandon ship? Odds have been listed for four major candidates; Reince Priebus is the –150 favorite at press time, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is right behind him at +135.
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Trump has been openly critical of Sessions lately, tweeting his unhappiness about Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the ongoing investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. But Sessions has refused to step down from his post, telling reporters last Thursday that he’d remain as Attorney General “as long as that is appropriate.”
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (+550) are next on the odds list, followed by Vice President Mike Pence at +2500. Pence has more incentive to stick around than the other three, since he’s next in line to become President if and when Trump is removed from office. Reports on Monday had Tillerson thinking about quitting his job “well before” the end of the year; Sessions is also –150 to leave his job before 2018 rolls around.
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