List of Donald Trump nominees who have withdrawn

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The Trump administration has proposed an unusually high number of nominees to appointed positions who have been rejected by the Senate or withdrawn voluntarily.[1][2]

Executive Office of the President[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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White House Director of Communications
Jason Miller December 22, 2016[3] December 24, 2016[4][5]
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Director of Strategic Communications for the National Security Council
Monica Crowley December 15, 2016[6] January 16, 2017[7]
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Chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality

Kathleen Hartnett White[8] October 12, 2017 February 5, 2018
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Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
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Tom Marino
September 5, 2017 October 17, 2017[9]

Department of Agriculture[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Under Secretary of Agriculture
(Research, Education, and Economics)
Sam Clovis July 25, 2017 November 2, 2017[10][11]

Department of Commerce[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Deputy Secretary of Commerce
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Todd Ricketts
November 30, 2016[12] April 19, 2017[13]
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Assistant Secretary of Commerce
(Export Enforcement)
Jeffrey Nadaner February 5, 2018[14] June 12, 2019[15]

Department of Defense[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Secretary of Defense
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Patrick M. Shanahan
May 9, 2019[16] June 18, 2019[17]
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Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
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Dean Winslow[18]
September 2017 January 2018
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General Counsel of the Air Force
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David Ehrhart
June 23, 2017 September 29, 2017[19][20]
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Secretary of the Army
Vincent Viola December 19, 2016[21] February 3, 2017[22]
Mark E. Green April 7, 2017[23] May 5, 2017[24]
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General Counsel of the Army
Ryan Dean Newman March 21, 2017 September 29, 2017[19][20]
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Secretary of the Navy
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Philip Bilden
January 25, 2017[25] February 26, 2017[26][27]
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Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
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Anthony Kurta
July 19, 2017 September 28, 2018[28]

Department of Education[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Assistant Secretary of Education
(Career, Technical, and Adult Education)
Tim Kelly[29] 27 August 2017 18 November 2017

Department of Energy[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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General Counsel of Energy
David Jonas May 23, 2017 January 3, 2018[30]

Department of Health and Human Services[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Director of the Indian Health Service
Robert M. Weaver October 6, 2017 February 21, 2018[31]

Department of Homeland Security[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security
(Partnership & Engagement)
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David Clarke
May 17, 2017[32] June 17, 2017[33]
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Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Daniel Alan Craig July 25, 2017 September 13, 2017[34]
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Chief Financial Officer of Homeland Security
Charles E. Cook III February 2, 2018[35] June 7, 2018[36]
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Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
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Thomas Homan
November 14, 2017 May 15, 2018[37]
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Ronald Vitiello
August 6, 2018 [38] April 4, 2019

Department of the Interior[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Solicitor of the Interior
Ryan D. Nelson[39] July 31, 2017 May 10, 2018
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Director of the Office of Surface Mining
J. Steven Gardner[40] January 8, 2018 September 12, 2018

Department of Labor[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Secretary of Labor
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Andrew Puzder
December 8, 2016[41] February 15, 2017[42]
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Assistant Secretary of Labor
(Occupational Safety and Health)
Scott Mugno November 1, 2017[43] May 23, 2019[44]

Department of State[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Under Secretary of State (Management)
Eric Ueland June 9, 2017[45] June 18, 2018[46]
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Director General of the United States Foreign Service
Stephen Akard[47][48] October 10, 2017[49] March 20, 2018[50]
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Assistant Secretary of State
(East Asian and Pacific Affairs)
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Susan Thornton
December 19, 2017[51] August 16, 2018[52]
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Assistant Secretary of State
(South and Central Asian Affairs)
Robert Williams December 12, 2018 April 11, 2019[53]
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Ambassador to Australia
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Harry B. Harris Jr.
February 9, 2018 May 23, 2018[54] and nominated instead for United States Ambassador to South Korea[55]
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Ambassador to Belgium
Jamie McCourt June 22, 2017[56] August 2, 2017[57] and nominated instead for United States Ambassador to France[58]
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Ambassador to Chile
Andrew Gellert January 4, 2018[59] August 16, 2018
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Ambassador to Estonia
Edward Masso September 2, 2017[60] May 24, 2018[61]
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Ambassador to Singapore
K. T. McFarland[62][63][64] May 19, 2017 January 2018[65]
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Ambassador to South Korea
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Victor Cha[66]
December 2017 January 2018
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Ambassador to the United Nations
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Heather Nauert
December 2018 February 2019[67]

Department of Transportation[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration
Paul Trombino III[68]

Department of the Treasury[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
Jim Donovan March 14, 2017[69] May 19, 2017[70]
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Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (International Finance)
Adam Lerrick[71] March 14, 2017 May 10, 2018[72]
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Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
James Clinger June 16, 2017 July 12, 2017[73]

Department of Veterans Affairs[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs
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Ronny Jackson
March 28, 2018 June 20, 2018[74]

Central Intelligence Agency[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency
Christopher Sharpley[75]

Environmental Protection Agency[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for Toxic Substances
Michael Dourson July 2017 December 13, 2017[76]

Independent agencies[edit | edit source]

Office Nominee Announced Withdrawn
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Director of the Office of Personnel Management
George Nesterczuk May 24, 2017[77] August 2, 2017[78]
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President of the Export–Import Bank of the United States
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Scott Garrett[79]
Rejected by Senate Banking Committee vote
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Vice President of the Export–Import Bank of the United States
Kimberly A. Reed September 15, 2017 June 20 2018
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Chairman of the Export–Import Bank of the United State
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Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development
(Africa)
Johnathan Miller[80] January 12, 2018 March 20, 2018
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Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development
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Mark Montgomery[81][82]
June 20, 2018 November 15, 2018[83]
Member of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service Calvin R. Tucker October 26, 2017[84] March 5, 2019[85]
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Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board
Andrew F. Maunz[86] renominated January 16, 2019, withdrawn February 12, 2019[87]
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Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
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Ann Marie Buerkle[88]
July 24, 2017 June 18, 2019[89]

Federal judges[edit | edit source]

Nominee Announced Withdrawn
Damien Schiff May 8, 2017 January 3, 2018
Stephen S. Schwartz June 7, 2017 January 3, 2018
Thomas Alvin Farr July 13, 2017 January 3, 2019
Ryan Bounds September 7, 2017 July 2018
Jeff Mateer December 2017
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Matthew S. Petersen
December 16, 2017
Brett Talley December 13, 2017
Gordon P. Giampietro December 20, 2017 January 3, 2019
Maureen Ohlhausen January 23, 2018 December 2018
Jon Katchen April 10, 2018 August 2018
John M. O'Connor April 12, 2019
Michael S. Bogren March 11, 2019 June 26, 2019

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. Totenberg, Nina (December 19, 2017). "3 Trump Judicial Nominees Withdraw, Raising Some Questions About Vetting". NPR. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
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  53. "PN6 — Robert Williams — Department of State". U.S. Congress. Retrieved 12 April 2019. 
  54. "PN1623 — Harry B. Harris Jr. — Department of State". U.S. Congress. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  55. "PN2024 — Harry B. Harris Jr. — Department of State". U.S. Congress. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
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  57. "PN692 — Jamie McCourt — Department of State". U.S. Congress. Retrieved 27 June 2019. 
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  68. Schmidt, Mitchell (December 12, 2017). "Former Iowa DOT leader Trombino withdraws from federal highway post consideration". Cedar Rapids Gazette. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
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  74. "PN1847 — Ronny Lynn Jackson — Department of Veterans Affairs". U.S. Congress. Retrieved 21 June 2018. 
  75. "PN925 — Christopher R. Sharpley — Central Intelligence". U.S. Congress. Retrieved 24 July 2018. 
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  87. "PN189 — Andrew F. Maunz — Merit Systems Protection Board". U.S. Congress. Retrieved 27 February 2019. 
  88. "Trump Nominates Ann Marie Buerkle to Chair Consumer Product Safety Commission". www.syracuse.com. July 24, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2019. 
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