President Donald Trump walks off stage at the conclusion of a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Though Donald Trump fashions himself a loyal boss, his inner circle has been steadily shrinking – revealing Trump's willingness to cast aside some of his most devoted advisers. This week, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn joined the list of Trump's left-behind loyalists alongside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and campaign managers Corey Lewandowski and Paul Manafort.Trump Wednesday blamed leaks from the intelligence agencies and biased reporting from the "fake media" that led to Flynn's resignation after the national security adviser misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contact with a Russian official.Just hours after Trump's blustery defense of Flynn, his administration was forced to accept the withdrawal of his choice for labor secretary, fast-food CEO Andy Puzder, amid concerns that he would have not have received Senate confirmation.Unlike the actions of other presidents, the act of firing someone has long been central to Trump's public persona.Giuliani, who was Trump's fiercest attack dog during the last weeks of the campaign, openly campaigned to be named secretary of state, a public play that alienated Trump, who had grown leery of the former mayor's consulting work for foreign governments and was concerned that Giuliani didn't have the gravitas of an international statesman.
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