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- Special Representative Jason Greenblatt is leaving the White House, President Donald Trump announced on Thursday.
- Greenblatt, Trump’s former real estate lawyer, served as the Trump administration’s Middle East peace envoy and helped draft a Middle East peace plan.
- 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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In a Thursday tweet, President Donald Trump announced that “after almost 3 years in my Administration, Jason Greenblatt will be leaving to pursue work in the private sector.”
Greenblatt, who previously worked as an attorney and executive at the Trump organization, was named Special Representative for International Negotiations specifically to work on the Trump administration’s policy surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict.
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.
Greenblatt, who came into the job with virtually no foreign policy experience, played a critical role in drafting the administration’s yet-to-be-released Israel-Palestine peace plan.
Trump wrote that Greenblatt’s “dedication to Israel and to seeking peace between Israel and the Palestinians won’t be forgotten. He will be missed. Thank you Jason!”
According to Axios, Greenblatt will be replaced by Avi Berkowitz, a 29-year-old law school graduate and aide to White House advisor Jared Kushner, who has been involved in drafting the peace plan but also holds no formal diplomatic experience.
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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.
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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.