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Being Called a 'Good Man' by Trump Is Sometimes an Omen

Trump has offered praise just before or after showing someone the door

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    President Donald Trump's health secretary has resigned after his travel on costly charter flights triggered investigations and angered his boss. Tom Price's partial repayment and public regrets couldn't save his job.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 29, 2017)

    Sometimes it's better not to be a nice guy.

    President Donald Trump has dismissed and accepted the resignations of a growing list of administration officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

    Trump said before the news broke that he was disappointed with Price for reportedly taking numerous, expensive charter flights, when cheaper commercial options were available. But he also offered compliments.

    "He's a very, very fine man," Trump repeated as he departed the White House en route to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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    (Published Friday, Aug. 18, 2017)

    "I felt very badly because Secretary Price is a good man," Trump said, adding later: "I think it's a shame because as a human being, Tom Price is very good man."

    It's not the first time Trump has offered praise just before or after showing someone the door.

    As Trump was preparing to part ways with his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, he was asked about Bannon's fate at a news conference in New York.

    "l like Mr. Bannon. He's a friend of mine," said Trump, before trying to distance himself from his former general election CEO by pointing out that he'd won the primaries before Bannon came on board.

    "I like him. He's a good man. He is not a racist, I can tell you that," Trump said, adding: "He's a good person and I think the press treats him, frankly, very unfairly."

    Days later, Bannon was out.

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    (Published Friday, Aug. 18, 2017)

    It was a similar case for Trump's chief of staff, Reince Priebus. Trump announced he was replacing Priebus via tweet from aboard Air Force One last July. Not long after, Trump spoke with reporters on a rainy tarmac, where he repeated his "good man" kiss of death.

    "Reince is a good man. John Kelly will do a fantastic job. Gen. Kelly has been a star, done an incredible job thus far. Respected by everybody. A great, great American."

    As for Priebus? "Reince Priebus, a good man," Trump repeated, sounding like a tombstone engraving.

    Trump also had kind words for his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, whose dismissal he has seemed to most regret.

    The day after Flynn's forced resignation, Trump called Flynn "a wonderful man" at a White House news conference and again blamed the news media for treating him "very, very unfairly."

    He also defended taking so long to dismiss Flynn after being warned of potential issues.

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    (Published Friday, July 28, 2017)

    "This man has served for many years," Trump said in an interview with NBC News. "He's a general, he's a — in my opinion — a very good person."