Scaramucci Friend Quickly Backtracks After Accusing Reince Priebus Of Having A "Mistress"
It's no secret that White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci doesn't see eye to eye with newly ousted White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci made his feud with Priebus public in interviews and tweets, but he's not the only person speaking out against the former right-hand-man to President Trump. Scaramucci friend Arthur Schwartz also spoke out about Priebus over the weekend, but he backed down from his comments on Sunday.
According to The New York Daily News, Schwartz on Sunday accused Priebus of having an affair. Schwartz also reportedly took responsibility for trash-talking the former White House chief of staff to the press. He wrote: "Hey @Reince45. Oops; @Reince — you’re unemployed now. Keep pushing this crap & I’ll start dropping oppo on you. Mistress much?"
The tweets have since been deleted, and Schwartz later asked Priebus for forgiveness.
"I'm ashamed of what I said," Schwartz tweeted on Sunday. In another tweet, he shared, "Keep the hits coming — I deserve it." Schwartz also updated his Twitter bio to read, "Not Scaramucci's publicist." An early news report about Schwart's connection to the newly appointed White House communications director identified Schwartz as Scaramucci's "publicist" and "rep," identifications which Schwartz denied. Schwartz chose instead to identify himself as a "friend" of the Mooch.
Regardless of his connection, Schwartz's attacks on Priebus likened him to Scaramucci, who reportedly called Priebus "a paranoid schizophrenic" in an interview with The New Yorker last week.
Schwartz may not be Scaramucci's publicist, but he is a trained PR rep. In 2014, Schwartz joined MWW, a global public relations firm, as senior vice president and managing director of its corporate communications practice. He didn't stay long, though, as he reportedly quit MWW in 2015 when the firm hired Anthony Weiner, the notorious former congressman accused of various sex scandals. Sure enough, MWW's website no longer lists Schwartz among its executives.
It's not entirely clear what Schwartz has done since leaving MWW, but he appears to have very strong Republican ties. According to his bio on Bloomberg's website, Schwartz has previously advised Republicans at the state and federal level. He has regularly tweeted his support for Republicans, including Scaramucci, as well as his distaste for Democratic politics.
In addition to his PR background, Schwartz is a trained lawyer, having earned his law degree from New York City's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. His career wasn't what made headlines throughout the day on Sunday, though, as Schwartz backed down from his inflammatory comments about Priebus. Although he's on the outside, Schwartz's foray into the White House infighting only highlighted the tension that continues to course through the Trump administration.