Washington (dpa) - Upon taking office, US President Donald Trump pledged to appoint only exceptional staff on his government team.
In any case, the frequency with which it came to more than two and a half years under his leadership already to sacking, personnel changes and resignations is extraordinary. There were dozens. A selection:
SALLY YATES, January 30, 2017: Trump officially dismisses the incumbent justice minister and chief prosecutor, mainly because of her opposition to his immigration policy.
MICHAEL FLYNN, FEBRUARY 13: After just 23 days in office, Trump's security advisor resigns. He is involved in the Russia affair of a possible election influence.
JAMES COMEY, May 9: Trump dismisses the FBI chief, a momentous sensation. The Russia affair continues to pick up speed.
MIKE DUBKE, May 30: After just three months in office, the White House Communications Director blames.
WALTER SHAUB, July 6: The director of the independent bureau of government ethics gives up in exasperation.
SEAN SPICER, July 21: When his president intends to propose Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, Trump's spokesman does not like it anymore and leaves.
MICHAEL SHORT, July 25: The Deputy Press Spokesman resigns.
REINCE PRIEBUS, July 28: Trump's chief of staff leaves his post. He says: voluntarily. Others say Trump fired him.
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI, July 31: Just ten days previously appointed Communications Director, the ex-Wall Street banker is back on his job.
STEVE BANNON, 18 August: Trump's chief strategist and former campaign chief leaves the White House.
DINA POWELL, December 8: The Vice Security Advisor announces her withdrawal. The ex-investment banker says she's on good terms.
HOPE HICKS, February 28, 2018: The communications chief and close Trump confidant says she will leave the White House in the next few weeks.
GARY COHN, March 6: Trump's economic advisor announces his withdrawal. He was against punitive measures threatened by Trump.
JOHN McENTEE, March 12: Trump's personal assistant is dismissed without notice.
REX TILLERSON, March 13: Trump announces on Twitter that the Foreign Minister must vacate his post. Speculation has been around for some time.
ANDREW McCABE, March 16: Two days before his retirement, the former FBI deputy chief is fired.
GENERAL HR McMASTER, March 22: The National Security Advisor must take his hat off, he will be replaced by John Bolton.
DAVID SHULKIN, March 28: Trump dismisses the veteran minister who has come under fire. Background is a trip of his wife at the expense of taxpayers.
MICHAEL ANTON, April 8: The White House announces that the National Security Council spokesperson is leaving - one day before Bolton takes office.
JOSEPH W. HAGIN, June 19: Deputy Chief of Staff resigns.
SCOTT PRUITT, 5 July: Chief Environmental Protection Officer EPA vacates after a series of scandals.
DONALD F. McGAHN, August 29: Trump leaves his legal advisor.
NIKKI HALEY, October 9: The US Ambassador to the United Nations in New York voluntarily abandons her influential post at the end of the year.
JEFF SESSIONS, November 7: The Minister of Justice files his resignation one day after the interim election at the request of Trump.
MIRA RICARDEL, November 14: First Lady Melania Trump publicly calls for the expulsion of Deputy National Security Advisor. President Trump acts accordingly: Ricardel must leave the White House.
JOHN KELLY, December 8: Trump announces his chief of staff leaves the White House at the end of the year. He wears his second chief of staff in less than two years.
NICK AYERS, December 9: Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff says he leaves the White House at the end of the year. Bad for Trump: Ayers was his prime candidate for Kelly's succession.
RYAN ZINKE, December 15: Trump informs that the scandalous interior minister is leaving at the end of the year. According to media reports, the White House had given him a deadline to resign.
JAMES MATTIS, December 20: Trump announces that the defense secretary leaves his post at the end of February. Mattis himself states that he goes out on his own due to contentious disagreements with the president.
KIRSTJEN NIELSEN, April 7, 2019: The Minister of Homeland Security leaves the government. Trump is said to have been dissatisfied with her commitment to border security.
RANDOLPH EVERYDAY, APRIL 8: The White House announces that the secret service's director will also step down - the head of the agency responsible for, among other things, protecting high-ranking politicians and reporting to the Department of Homeland Security.
SARAH SANDERS: June 13: Trump tweets that his spokeswoman will leave office at the end of the month.
PATRICK SHANAHAN, June 18: The Minister of Defense announces that he does not want to run the office permanently. Background are apparently reports of violence in his family.
ALEXANDER ACOSTA, July 12: The Labor Minister resigns after growing criticism of a controversial 2008 deal with entrepreneur Jeffrey Epstein, against which new allegations of abuse are raised.
DAN COATS, July 28: Trump announces that the intelligence coordinator will leave his post. A few days later, he announces that Deputy Intelligence Coordinator Sue Gordon will also leave her post.
MADELEINE WESTERHOUT, 31 August: The personal assistant Trumps surprisingly vacates her post. She is said - to the displeasure of her boss - have talked to reporters about his family.
JOHN BOLTON, September 10: The National Security Advisor is released. Bolton stresses that he has offered his resignation, Trump explains that he has asked him to resign.
KEVIN McALEENAN, October 11: Trump announces the departure of the acting Homeland Security Secretary. He is attracted to the private sector, and he wants to spend more time with his family in the future, according to the statement.
RICK PERRY, October 17: The President declares that the Energy Minister will resign at the end of the year. He had told him a few months ago that he had other plans for the future.