Former Trump administration officials: Where are they now?


close On 'Hannity,' the former Trump White House chief strategist slams party leaders for trying to 'destroy' Luther Strange opponent Roy Moore

Bannon blasts GOP establishment's role in Ala. Senate race

On 'Hannity,' the former Trump White House chief strategist slams party leaders for trying to 'destroy' Luther Strange opponent Roy Moore

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is back at the populist Breitbart News and fired F.B.I. director went back to college this school year as a lecturer.

Bannon and Comey aren’t alone in needing to brush off their resumes after working briefly for the Trump administration; in less than a year since Donald Trump became president, more than one dozen high-level officials have been fired or resigned from the administration.

Read on for a look at what some former Trump administration officials are up to now.

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon, a hardcore populist, was removed as the president’s chief strategist on Aug. 18. And it wasn’t long before the former Breitbart News chief was back at his old conservative publication.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks at a rally for U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. Sen. Luther Strange and challenger Moore made their final push Monday to sway voters ahead of Alabama's Republican runoff for U.S. Senate, a race that's pitted President Donald Trump against his former strategist, Bannon. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon went back to Breitbart after he left the Trump administration. He has also campaigned for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” Bannon told Bloomberg following his departure.


Bannon returned to Breitbart as its executive chairman on the same day his ouster from the White House was announced and led its evening editorial meeting, the site said.

“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow said in a statement. “Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda.”

Trump praised his former employee on social media and predicted that Bannon will be “a tough and smart new voice” at the publication he headed for several years prior to working for Trump.

But Bannon and Trump butted heads as they both campaigned for opposing candidates in Tuesday’s special election primary in Alabama. Bannon backed the conservative former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, and Trump campaigned for incumbent Sen. Luther Strange.

James Comey

In less than a year, James Comey went from F.B.I. director to college faculty.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX39P38

Former FBI Director James Comey is a part-time lecturer at Howard University in Washington, D.C. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Comey, who was unceremoniously fired by Trump in May, joined Howard University as part-time lecturer for the fall as the 2017-2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy.

The King Chair is part of the Washington, D.C., college’s push to “provide students access to experienced, senior public service executives who developed and advanced public policy initiatives,” according to a university press release.

Comey, who was sacked from his job at the F.B.I. just two months after he announced the agency was looking into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, said he was “honored” to be at Howard.


“Howard has a longstanding history of being a vibrant academic community and the perfect place to have a rich dialogue on many of the most pressing issues we face today,” Comey said in a statement.

Comey’s time at Howard got off to a rough start last week after his convocation address was overtaken by raucous protestors.

Anthony Scaramucci

Anthony Scaramucci was the White House communications director for only 10 days, but he caused quite the shake-up in less than two weeks.

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci arrives to travel with U.S. President Donald Trump to Ronkonkoma, New York from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX3DBHZ

Anthony Scaramucci was the White House communications director for 10 days. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

During his tenure, the Goldman Sachs alumnus ranted about his coworkers in an infamous and crude interview with the New Yorker – specifically slamming former chief of staff Reince Priebus as a “paranoid schizophrenic” and former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Since he’s left the White House, Scaramucci has been quite active on social media – including tweeting some vaguely self-deprecating images.


On Aug. 4, Scaramucci tweeted a cartoon depicting a cartoonist banging his head against the wall as he’s frustrated that Trump seems to be firing “White House misfits” at a rapid pace. A computer screen in the cartoon reads, “New flash! Mooch out!!” – invoking Scaramucci’s common nick name, “The Mooch.”

On Aug. 22, he tweeted an image of a t-shirt that reads, “I was communications director for 10 days and all I got was this lousy shirt.”

Scaramucci is expected to speak at a Liberty University convocation in November.

He has also appeared on a variety of talk shows, including “The View” and Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show.”

Michael Flynn

Trump’s former national security adviser is no longer part of the White House, but he still remains under multiple investigations for his dealings with foreign governments, particularly Russia, during the presidential campaign.

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, tne-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Flynn has opened a new consulting firm called Resilient Patriot, LLC that is advising private equity firms, according to one of his brothers, who says Flynn is “moving on with his life." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned from the Trump administration in February under harsh scrutiny. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The embattled former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned under harsh scrutiny in February after it was revealed that he misled the administration when it came to his ties to and conversations with Russian officials.

Since his firing, Flynn registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department in March.


Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Flynn was involved in the push to obtain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers during the presidential campaign.

Several of Flynn’s allies and appointees in the White House have been slowly pushed out as well.

Sean Spicer

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer could have been a star – a dancing star, that is.

In this Aug. 11, 2017 file photo, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer walks up the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington. Spicer finally got to meet the Pope. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirms the former White House press secretary attended a meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Since he left the White House, former press secretary Sean Spicer has met the Pope, appeared at the Emmy Awards and attended MLB games. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

After Spicer resigned as Anthony Scaramucci was hired as the White House’s short-lived communications director, he reportedly turned down an opportunity to be a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Sources told TMZ that Spicer turned down the gig because he has an “overwhelming number of commitments in the fall” and because “he’s not a good dancer.”

Since he announced he was leaving the Trump administration, Spicer has been photographed with fans at Fenway Park and “is angling” to appear on “Saturday Night Live.” Spicer was also able to finally meet the pope. The former press secretary was infamously denied the opportunity to meet Pope Francis during Trump's trip to the Vatican in May.

Spicer announced earlier this month that he joined the Worldwide Speakers Group as a paid speaker.

“Melissa McCarthy’s depiction of his press briefing performances earned him a spot in Saturday Night Live lore, but it was his role as the architect of the Republican National Committee’s PR strategy that earned him a reputation as one of the party’s most effective and hardest-charging strategists and communicators,” his bio states.

His speaking topics include: navigating crises, a conservative viewpoint, “an objective look at the philosophies, people and policies making the news” and the Trump administration.

Spicer has continued to consistently share Trump’s tweets and messages of support for the administration on Twitter.

Spicer also made a surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards earlier this month, seemingly poking fun at his own claim about the size of the inauguration audience.


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