Who Will Replace Anthony Scaramucci? The White House's Musical Chairs Is Just Beginning
Just 10 days after being brought into the administration as White House communications director, President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci, according to the New York Times. Now, who will take Scaramucci's place in the White House?
For the moment, the position has not been filled. According to the report by the New York Times, John Kelly, Trump's former Homeland Security Secretary who was named the president's chief of staff on Friday, requested Scaramucci's removal from the White House.
The White House has experienced a staff shake up in the last two weeks. Shortly after Trump appointed Scaramucci to the communications director role, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned. Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was then promoted to Spicer's position.
On Thursday, The New Yorker published an interview in which Scaramucci lambasted fellow White House officials, including chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon. A day later, Trump ousted Priebus and replaced him with Kelly.
On Monday, Sanders said in a statement, "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."
Breaking News: President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director https://t.co/TvcLHNyPKB— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 31, 2017
Kelly was sworn in Monday morning as chief of staff, according to ABC News. Earlier in the morning, Trump tweeted that there was "No WH chaos!" despite all of the revolving doors in the White House staff in the last few weeks. But in several other tweets Monday, he also lamented the failure of Congress to pass an Obamacare repeal plan.
According to the New York Times report, it's unclear whether Scaramucci will be leaving the White House altogether or be moved to a different role. What he will do next remains to be see, as does who will replace him. He may not even be immediately replaced. Before his appointment on July 21, the White House communications director role was empty since Mike Dubke quit in May. Dubke joined the White House staff in February after Trump's first communications director pick, Jason Miller, withdrew his name from consideration.
Before Scaramucci was hired by Trump, Spicer took on some of the duties of communications director. However, no plans for Sanders to take on those responsibility have been released so far.
Whoever eventually replaces Scaramucci will have the task of steering the Trump administration through the waters of the current Russia investigations, as well as day-to-day White House news.