Anthony Scaramucci abruptly removed as White House communications chief after chaotic first week
President Donald Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as White House communications director, according to the New York Times.
Scaramucci was removed from the position just 10 days after it was announced he would be the news communications chief.
Scaramucci is a Wall Street financier and former Trump transition team official who frequently appeared on TV programs to defend the embattled president. An inside source told Politico that Trump hired Scaramucci because “he is really good at making the case for him… [Trump] loves him on TV.”
But things quickly went awry. The new appointment led to the resignation of Sean Spicer, who was serving as press secretary. Scaramucci had a hard time dealing with questions from CNN’s Jake Tapper and accused Trump’s former chief of staff Reince Priebus of leaking his financial disclosure form.
Then, the new communications chief gave a profoundly obscene interview to the New Yorker in which he attacked top White House staff, including Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon. He threatened to fire the entire White House communications staff to stop leaks.
Priebus left the White House on Friday, shortly after the interview was published.
Sources told the New York Times that Trump’s new chief of staff John Kelly had pushed for the ouster of Scaramucci, who had boasted about reporting directly to the president.
“Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team,” the White House said in a statement. “We wish him all the best.”
There was “no way” Scaramucci could work with Kelly, a senior aide told Politico.
It is unclear who will replace him as the communications director.