ARNOLD Schwarzenegger might have taken over from Donald Trump on The Apprentice but the US President continues to channel his role on that popular show and his famous catchphrase “You’re Fired” as US President.
FBI director James Comey joined a growing list of firees this week who have felt Trump’s wrath since he assumed office earlier this year.
The succession of terminations has got many US political commentators wondering: who will be next?
Below is a list of those who have been fired and those who might soon be.
The FBI Director was a surprise sacking by Trump earlier this week.
Comey’s dismissal was attributed to his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Clinton has asserted Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation shortly before America went to the polls last year contributed to her loss in the Presidential election.
Comey’s investigation went nowhere and last week Comey told a Senate Judiciary Committee: “This was terrible. It makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had some impact on the election.”
“(But) I would make the same decision (again).”
In a letter to Comey, Trump said his dumping was because he was “not able to effectively lead the bureau”.
Mr Comey was overseeing an FBI investigation into alleged Trump campaign links to Russia.
In a parallel to Watergate, Democrats have claimed Comey was making headway with his investigation and that is why he was dismissed.
The Trump administration said it asked national security adviser Mike Flynn to go after it was revealed he discussed US sanctions with the Kremlin before Trump’s inauguration and had then attempted to disguise the fact in a conversation with Vice President Mike Pence.
According to reports Flynn’s allegedly illegal phone chat with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had been recorded by the FBI.
“Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador,” Flynn said a letter announcing his departure, which was technically recorded as a resignation.
“I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”
A Barack Obama appointee, Sally Yates was Acting Attorney General of the Justice Department after Trump’s inauguration while the new President’s nominee Jeff Sessions was awaiting confirmation.
But she didn’t last long.
Trump got rid of her when she said she did not believe Trump’s ban on travellers from selected Muslim-majority nations to be constitutional and would not implement it.
A White House statement on her exit read: “The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.
“Ms Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”
Yates too had been investigating ties between the Trump administration and Russia.
She had met with the White House to inform them Mike Flynn had not been truthful about his interaction with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and as a result was open to blackmail.
Prett Bharara, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said he was told by Trump he would keep his job when the Republican nominee became President.
It is common for new presidents to replace DAs in their transition to power.
It came as a big shock to Bharara, who has a reputation as anti-corruption fighter and ties to the Democrats, when he was then told to move on.
He was essentially fired for refusing to resign.
Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren suggested the dismissal could have had its origins in the fact Bharara “had authority over Trump Tower”.
It was a line that Bharara also pursued.
“I wanted it to be on record that there was a deliberate decision to change his mind and fire me, particularly given what my office’s jurisdiction is,” he said.
REID was fired as the White House Chief Usher shortly after he became President — although the reasons were not made entirely clear.
Some reports suggested Trump wanted a “loyalist” in the role.
An official told The Washington Post upon her exit: “We are very grateful for her service and wish her the very best.”
Reid was appointed to the role under Obama in 2011. She replaced the first African-American to have the role, Rear Admiral Stephen W Rockon.
The role remains vacant.
SO WHO MIGHT BE NEXT IN THE FIRING LINE?