Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Trump's Vs. Obama's Resignation Rates Are Truly Mindblowing

Ad failed to load

When it comes to White House staff, there's been such unceasing upheaval going on that it's honestly hard to keep up with. In just over a year, officials have been leaving their positions in record-breaking numbers like we've never seen before. So of course, that makes me curious of just how bad it is in comparison to Barack Obama's administration. The answer? There's a major difference. So here are President Donald Trump's versus Obama's resignation rates because the differences are truly wild.

This is all more relevant now than ever, because two White House officials have resigned from their positions in less than a week. On March 6, Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned from his position in the White House, making him the 19th person to leave the White House. Cohn's resignation comes just under a week after Hope Hicks resigned, the fourth communications director to serve under the Trump administration, left her post. Though she claimed she left her position to pursue other opportunities, she resigned just a day after a grueling testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, in which she claimed that her job sometimes required her to tell "white lies." At this point, the resignations are flying like flapjacks and in rates I really don't remember occurring while Obama was in office, but is it really as bad is it looks?

Well, yes. According to a study from the Brookings Institute published in mid-January, in his first year in office Trump's staff turnover rate was a full three times what Obama's was. Here are some of the highlights.

Ad failed to load
Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Obama lost at least five staffers in his first year in office.

Though Trump lost his first staffer within months of being in office, so did Obama. However, most of the people who left the Obama administration resigned from their positions. The first to go was Ellen Moran, who resigned from her post as the White House's communications director in April 2009 — just three months after Obama's inauguration. According to The New York Times, sources close to the White House chalked up the resignation by simply saying, “it wasn’t a good fit." But the comment is much different than the reasons other staffers under Obama resigned from their positions: special adviser Van Jones resigned after heavy criticism of his radical past, which included links to 9/11 conspiracy “truthers”; White House counsel Greg Craig left his post in the midst of criticism of how he failed in closing Guantánamo Bay within a certain time limit; Phillip Carter, an official for the Pentagon, left abruptly for "personal reasons"; and Melissa Hathaway resigned after failing to appoint a cybersecurity coordinator to protect the nation from outside threats.

Ad failed to load

The resignations seem like legit reasons for leaving office, and are even commendable (kind of) seeing how the officials took responsibility for themselves.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Compared to Obama, Trump has lost tons of staffers so far.

Since Trump took office in January 2017, a full 19 White House officials have departed from their positions, 16 of which were resignations, according to Business Insider.

Ad failed to load

And there's been a lot of controversy that came with those departures: Anthony Scaramucci, the third communications director and predecessor to Hicks, stepped down after launching profanity-filled attack against then-chief of staff Reince Priebus in an phone call with Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker; Steve Bannon, who once served as the White House chief strategist, reportedly left office following tensions between him and other office advisers (though reports varied on if he resigned or was fired); and Sean Spicer, ex-communications director, resigned from his position after Trump brought in Scaramucci, reportedly due to his dissatisfaction with Scaramucci's lack of political experience.

All the resignations don't take into account those Trump has fired, either. In May of 2017 the president fired former FBI director James Comey, supposedly for mishandling the Hillary Clinton email investigation. There's also Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who was reportedly fired after refusing to quit; and Sally Yates, then-Deputy Attorney General after she failed to defend Trump's travel ban.

With the most recent departures only being days apart from each other, there's no telling who will be the next to leave or how soon they go.

Ad failed to load
Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images

"There is a burnout phase."

Though Trump and Obama have both seen their fair shares of departures within the first year of their presidencies, it's really not unusual for people to be leaving. Anita McBride, who served as a special assistant for the White House under the Bush administration said that it's standard to see so many people go. In 2014, she told The Huffington Post,

Ad failed to load

That said, maybe these numbers aren't so bad. But if Trump gets another term and these patterns continue, I'm gonna know that something isn't right.

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

These 3 Zodiac Signs Will Have The Worst Mercury Retrograde, But Here's How To Deal

Starting on Mar. 23, 2018, the dreaded Mercury retrograde will permeate our world with confusion. If you don't know what this astrological buzzword means, it's when Mercury appears to be rolling back in its orbit around the sun. Since this planet rul…
By Roya Backlund

7 Women On The One Thing That Finally Made Them Feel Like An Adult After College

How does one "adult?" From the minute second semester hits senior year and they hand you your diploma at graduation, you're wondering just what the real world is going to be like. You started applying for jobs and scoping out cute apartments with you…
By Marisa Casciano

The Perfect Festival Look For You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

It's officially spring, but the only season that's really on my radar is festival season. April showers bring May flowers, and it's a good thing because I need all the daisies in the world for oh-so-chic and classic crowns. You've scrolled through th…
By Marisa Casciano

Here’s Everything Coming To Netflix In April

Another month, another batch of new shows and movies to binge on Netflix. The streaming service just released its full list of the iconic favorites and new originals that will be showing up in your Netflix queue in about a week and a half, and it als…
By Dylan Kickham

Why It's Totally OK To Not Have A Game Plan In Your 20s & Just Wing It

One of the worst questions you are faced with in your 20s is: What is your 10-year plan? It's like people expect you to hand over a detailed map of your destiny when you reach a new decade in your life, and want you to be able to elaborate your coord…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

These 10 Dreamy Travel Quotes Are Perfect Tattoos For The Girl With Wanderlust

Travelers are curious, wild, and free. They're always in pursuit of the next big adventure and they never fail to share the value of discovering the unknown. However, sometimes life gets the best of us. Sometimes, our greatest passions get pushed to …
By Ciara Johnson

I Rejected The Idea Of "The One" & Found A Whole New Method Of Self-Care

After my third date with a guy I met by swiping right, I had one question burned into my brain before I agreed to a fourth. Was he the one? Now, before you call me a total stalker, hear me out. In New York City, third dates were rare. I'm talking blo…
By Brittany Leitner

I Tried A Laughter Yoga Class & I Nearly Peed My Pants From Giggling So Hard

There's nothing funny about yoga, except for the fact that, if you look at yourself in the mirror while your body twists like a giant pretzel you'd nibble on at a baseball game, you do look kind of funny. Well, actually, you look a little like you're…
By Jen Glantz

12 Dreamy Travel Goals To Shoot For Before Hitting 30, Because Why Not?

Your 20s is a time to find yourself, try new things, meet new people, and see the world. It's a time when you're still figuring this whole life thing out. Your 20s can be tough, but they can still be whole lot of fun. It seems like you're on a never-…
By Ciara Johnson

Experts Say Doing This One Thing In The Morning Will Make You Way More Productive

I don’t know about you, but I don’t initially wake up in the morning feeling like P-Diddy; that whole “up and at ‘em” mindset takes work on weekdays. I will say, however, that I am a morning person by nature, and fully believe in the benefits of stic…
By Julia Guerra

A Psychic Read My Crystals & Said I'd Die Alone, But Then Everything Changed

I love my girlfriend for many reasons. She's the most amazing person I've ever met. She makes me feel safe. She screams the soundtrack to Dear Evan Hansen with me when we're riding in her car. But TBH, one of the main reasons I love her so much is th…
By Theresa Massony

This Instagram Star's Famous Lip Art Actually Has An Incredible Emotional Backstory

In a post-Kardashian world, every millennial thinks they have what it takes to go viral, but few consider what that online fame actually looks like in a person's daily life. In Elite Daily's new series, Life Behind The Likes, we speak with the people…
By Lilli Petersen

A New 'This Is Us' Theory Claims It's All Happening Inside Jack's Head & OMG

Ever since This is Us revealed how Jack died in their post-Super Bowl episode (damn you, Crock Pot) fans have been desperate to know where the show is headed — and if there are any other major twists they should be prepared for. The Season 2 finale i…
By Claire Spellberg

If You're Broke In Your 20s, You're Doing Something Right

It can be pretty disheartening when you're broke AF in your 20s. The silver lining in that constant struggle with currency is that you are doing what you want during this time of your life. Money isn't everything, and creatively and memorably using w…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

How You'll Be Proposed To, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Forever and always starts with getting down on one knee. Wedding season is right around the corner, and with it comes a lot of love stories. When you're watching the two do their first dance, or looking through old pictures, you remember where it all…
By Marisa Casciano

Gen Z Yellow Is The New Millennial Pink, So I Tried Wearing It All Over My Face

A few months ago, everything from makeup to clothes and even home appliances simply needed to be Millennial Pink. Being a millennial myself, I totally bought into the color craze, but there's a new hue (one that technically doesn't represent me at al…
By Stephanie Montes

These Theories About What Khloé Kardashian Will Name Her Baby Are So, So Good

The Kardashian family's future is most certainly female. The world was overjoyed when Kim K introduced us to her daughter, Chicago. We cried tears of joy when we found out that Kylie was in fact pregnant all along and had a baby girl named Stormi. An…
By Karen Ruffini

This Pup Is Going Viral Because People Think He Looks Like A Human

We all know our pups at home are beyond special. If you post pictures of your pet on social media in hopes that everyone notices just how cute your furry friend is, you're really not alone. You probably receive a bunch of comments with people gushing…
By Rachel Chapman

This Is What Staring At Screens All Day Could Do To Your Eyes In The Long Run

By now, you’ve probably heard all about how bad the glaring blue light from your smartphone and computer screen is for your sleep cycle. These claims are true, BTW, which means if technology has the power to creep inside your brain and mess with your…
By Julia Guerra

These 3 Zodiac Signs Burn Through Relationships The Fastest

It's hard enough to find love in this dog-eat-dog world. You write the perfect bio for your Tinder profile, dress to impress, go on dates with strangers that your friends set you up with, even fork over thousands of dollars to a professional matchmak…
By Roya Backlund

6 Things No One Tells You About Moving In With Your Partner That You Need To Know

If you’ve reached the point in your relationship where you find yourselves spending most of your time together — either at their place or yours — there’s a pretty big chance you’ve thought about living together. Taking this next step in your relation…
By Tayi Sanusi