Anthony Scaramucci Was Ousted From The White House In Near Record Time

by Natasha Guzmán
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Hired on July 21, the latest White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, made it only 10 days before resigning. Prior to his brief stint in D.C., Scaramucci was known as a Wall Street financier. News of his resignation comes just hours after President Trump swore in retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, who formerly served as Homeland Security secretary, as his new chief of staff. According to ABC News, a White House source said Scaramucci offered Kelly his resignation along with a request to be assigned the position of chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank.

Scaramucci's short time working for the Trump administration was marked by a considerable amount of drama. First, several news outlets picked up on old tweets Scaramucci had published in which he disagreed with several of Trump's political stances, including the existence of climate change, Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall proposal, the morality of gay marriage, abortion, and the death penalty, Hillary Clinton's competence, the importance of free speech, and whether or not gun control measures should be increased. In a subsequent tweet, he argued that "past views evolved," and announced he'd be deleting the posts in question.

Second was Scaramucci's profanity-riddled conversation with a reporter from The New Yorker, in which he referred to former chief of staff Reince Priebus as "a f*cking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac." Of Steve Bannon, the president's chief strategist, he said, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c*ck. I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f*cking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.” Following the story's publication, Scaramucci lamented having "trusted a reporter," and insisted that he simply tends to use "colorful language."

The day after The New Yorker's report, the New York Post's Page Six column published a story stating that Scaramucci's nine-month-pregnant wife had filed for divorce as a result of his “naked political ambition” and her personal disdain for President Trump's politics. Scaramucci again took to Twitter to ask the press to "leave civilians out" of stories involving him and urging reporters not to focus on his family.

Another eyebrow-raising moment came when Scaramucci appeared to criticize White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' looks by suggesting she keep using the same hair and makeup person who gave her a more glamorous appearance for the July 21 White House press briefing. He later insisted that he wasn't commenting on Sanders' looks. "For the record, I was referring to my hair and make up and the fact that I like the make up artist," he tweeted. "I need all the help I can get! #humor"

Sanders released a statement confirming Scaramucci's resignation. "Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give chief of staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team," it read.

At the time of this writing, neither Scaramucci nor the president has commented on the news.