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Friday, July 28, 2017

Politics Odds: Who Will Leave Trump First?

These are not good times for the Trump Administration. The schism between Donald Trump and the Republicans in both the House and Senate is growing wider every day. Who will be the first key figure in Trump’s inner circle to abandon ship? Odds have been listed for four major candidates; Reince Priebus is the –150 favorite at press time, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is right behind him at +135.

Trump has been openly critical of Sessions lately, tweeting his unhappiness about Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the ongoing investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. But Sessions has refused to step down from his post, telling reporters last Thursday that he’d remain as Attorney General “as long as that is appropriate.”

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (+550) are next on the odds list, followed by Vice President Mike Pence at +2500. Pence has more incentive to stick around than the other three, since he’s next in line to become President if and when Trump is removed from office. Reports on Monday had Tillerson thinking about quitting his job “well before” the end of the year; Sessions is also –150 to leave his job before 2018 rolls around.

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Politics Odds: Will Sessions Leave Trump Behind?

Jeff Sessions is still the US Attorney General at press time, but he might not be for long. You can bet on whether Sessions will be at his post on January 1, 2018; No is the –150 favorite, while Yes is priced at +110.

Sessions is also the +135 second-favorite in a four-horse race to see who will leave the Trump Administration first. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (–150) and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (+550) are also on the odds list, while Vice President Mike Pence is understandably a long shot at +2500.

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