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STORY BY BY MAEGAN VAZQUEZ, CNN

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Published on October 18, 2020 9:35 PM

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The long list of Trump administration officials turned critics
Washington (CNN)Having overseen the highest turnover rate in presidential history, President Donald Trump was bound to have a few disgruntled ex-aides.

Instead, a steady succession of ex-administration advisers -- including some of his highest-ranking Cabinet officials who spoke or met with him regularly -- have spoken out against his leadership and character, a remarkable break in precedent for a norm-shattering president.

While there are many administration officials who resigned or were fired and still remain loyal to their former boss, there are also several who have become vocal in their dissent of the current commander-in-chief.

Some of those once in his innermost circle have described an impulsive president who disregards advice and lacks adult sensibilities. Others have questioned his motivations and ability to lead.

All White Houses find themselves confronting the odd tell-all memoir or interview from a jaundiced aide. But Trump, who is famous for demanding loyalty, has not appeared to inspire great confidence in those who quit or were dismissed from his administration.

Those officials aren't just comprised of holdovers from the Obama administration, staff compelled to testify under oath, or career intelligence and Justice Department officials Trump has dubbed as being part of the so-called "deep state."

There's a long list of allies-turned-critics that includes several of the men and women Trump hand-selected to lead agencies across the federal government. Here's a working list.

In 2018, Mattis wrote a scathing resignation letter, writing that his views were not aligned with Trump's, spurred by the President's plans to withdraw troops from Syria.

He wrote that his resignation came after "concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially keeping faith with our allies, no longer resonated."

Mattis spoke out again on Wednesday, criticizing Trump's handling of demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death. He called Trump "the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people."

"We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be ...