Inside the White House

Scoop: Trump, Pence overseas travel to overlap, concerning some officials

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For a handful of hours next week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the top-ranked government official on U.S. soil.

Driving the news: In a rare event on Monday, both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be overseas at the same time — Pence in Colombia, and Trump en route to his summit in Vietnam with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to three administration sources.

The high-profile Trump White House departures

Ryan Zinke, Jeff Sessions, John Kelly, and Nikki Haley. Photos: Getty Images

The Trump White House had more first-year departures than any other president in at least 40 years — and the departures haven't stopped. The latest to leave is is Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters, the only spokesperson besides Sarah Sanders to have been with the White House since Trump's inauguration.

Why it matters: The first-term revolving door of Trump's highest Cabinet officials is not normal, although some turnover should be expected now that we're past the midterms.

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