What Will Anthony Scaramucci Do Next? His White House Days Aren’t Necessarily Over
On Monday, President Trump removed Anthony Scaramucci after 10 days on the job. Naturally, many are now wondering what Scaramucci will do next, now that he's no longer the White House communications director. Although he's leaving his current post, it's not yet clear whether he will continue to serve in the White House in a different capacity or if he'll be leaving the Trump administration entirely.
"Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday. "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."
Although Trump has only been president for a little over six months, many of his top aides have either quit or resigned during that time, including his national security advisor, chief of staff, press secretary, deputy chief of staff, two deputy national security advisors, FBI director, acting attorney general, and Office of Government Ethics director. Scaramucci is the second of two people to serve as White House communications director; the first, Mike Dubke, resigned from the job in May.
However, Scaramucci served a shorter time in the White House — 10 days — than anyone else in Trump's administration. Prior to his ouster, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn held the record for the briefest tenure in Trump's White House, at 23 days.
Reince Priebus: 189 days.— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) July 31, 2017
Sean Spicer: 183 days.
Mike Dubke: 86 days.
Michel Flynn: 23 days.
Anthony Scaramucci: 10 days.
Scaramucci drew quite a bit of attention during his relatively short time on the job. In a profanity-laced interview with the New Yorker, he referred to then-chief of staff Reince Priebus a "f*cking paranoid schizophrenic," expressed his desire to "f*cking kill all the leakers," and accused top White House advisor Steve Bannon of attempting to fellate himself.
On Friday, the New York Post reported that Scaramucci's wife, Deidre Ball, had filed for divorce earlier in July, when she was nine months pregnant; Ball gave birth around two weeks later. The Post also reported that Scaramucci missed his child's birth, and instead sent Ball a brief text message wishing her well; however, an attorney for Ball told the New York Times that Scaramucci sent no such text.
There is a strange circularity to the events that led to Scaramucci's ouster. According to reports, Trump's decision to hire him convinced then-press secretary Sean Spicer to quit in protest. Days later, Trump's then-chief of staff Reince Priebus — an ally of Spicer but foe of Scaramucci — was out, too. Priebus then was replaced by Gen. John F. Kelly, and according to the New York Times, it was Kelly who requested that Scaramucci be removed from his position.