Trump Just Fired Anthony Scaramucci As His Communications Director
After what, a week or so in the White House, Anthony Scaramucci has been let go by President Trump. According to The New York Times, the removal of Scaramucci from the job — which came just days after a profanity-laced interview was released — happened because the new chief of staff, John Kelly, requested it. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement Monday afternoon stating:
Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.
In an interview with the New Yorker, Scaramucci told a reporter that then-chief of staff Reince Priebus was a "f*cking paranoid schizophrenic," and said claimed he wasn't like Steve Bannon, "I'm not trying to suck my own cock." Scaramucci wrote on Twitter that he sometimes uses "colorful" language and would refrain from that in the future, while also expressing regret for trusting a reporter.
Officially, Scaramucci was in the position for 10 days, having been brought into the White House as communications director on July 21. He was "removed" on July 31. Whether he will continue at the White House in a new position or be gone from it entirely still remains to be seen. And whether we might see a return of Sean Spicer — aka Spicey — is also up in the air. He did leave, after all, because of Scaramucci's hiring.
According to CNN, Kelly wanted Scaramucci out because he was undisciplined and not credible. Kelly is a former Marine general who's known for his no-nonsense style. Compare that with Scaramucci, who — as we all know by now — has a very descriptive way of talking about people.
Scaramucci was the third person to take on the role of communications director for the White House. The most recent was Spicer, who did part of the job though his technical title was press secretary. The previous director you may not even remember. His name was Mike Dubke, and he made it three months, from February to the end of May. Before Dubke, Spicer was also performing the director duties.
Last week was a whirlwind for the White House, and to kick off the following week by removing Scaramucci makes it seem like this isn't going to slow down. But hey, people are pretty used to that breakneck news cycle from President Trump by now, right?