Republican strategist Steve Schmidt has an important first assignment for incoming White House Chief of Staff John Kelly: Fire White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.
Appearing on MSNBC with Lawrence O’Donnell, Schmidt identified Scaramucci as someone who has absolutely no business being in the White House — and he said that Kelly, a retired general, should waste absolutely no time removing him from the administration.
“Will General Kelly tolerate a Scaramucci in the West Wing of the White House?” he asked. “And for sure a life-long corps officer has to be completely revolted by the language, by the disposition of Scaramucci in these interviews. And so if Scaramucci ever enters the White House with a hard pass as the actual communications director, it’s a signal of failure for the general in his ability to assert control in the White House.
Scaramucci drew wide attention earlier this week when the New Yorker published an interview in which the new White House official ranted about Priebus — calling him a “f*cking paranoid schizophrenic” — and about top White House political strategist Steve Bannon, whom he said regularly tries to “suck his own c*ck.”
In the same interview, Scaramucci threatened to fire the entire White House communications staff, while vowing to “kill all the f*cking leakers” within the Trump administration.
Moving beyond Scaramucci, Schmidt said that Kelly should also look into removing First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, from their roles working in the White House.
“If Jared Kushner isn’t out of there within the next couple of months, if Ivanka isn’t out of the West Wing office in the next couple of months, if he doesn’t have that power, if he doesn’t have that authority, then he will wind up like every other person who is in close proximity to Donald Trump winds up,” he explained. “Which is severely diminished over time.”
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