Scaramucci Out as White House Communications Director

Anthony Scaramucci

WASHINGTON  — Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director.

It’s the latest high-profile departure from the Trump White House. Chief of Staff Reince Priebus resigned at the end of last week, replaced by John Kelly, whose first day is Monday.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday afternoon. “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.”

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A White House official said Kelly wanted Scaramucci removed from his new role as the communications director because he did not think he was disciplined and had burned his credibility.

Sanders told reporters Monday that all White House staff will report to Kelly.

“Gen. Kelly has the full authority to operate within the White House, and all staff will report to him,” she said. When pressed further whether staffers including Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Steve Bannon will all report to Kelly, Sanders said: “That includes everybody at the White House.”

Scaramucci, a colorful and controversial figure, was brought on during the latest in a long list of White House shake ups that have imbued the Trump presidency with a sense of chaos.

Scaramucci is the third White House communications director to leave the post that had been vacant since late May, when Mike Dubke left after about three months on the job. Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, also assumed some of the communications director role before he resigned when Scaramucci was hired July 21.

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Scaramucci’s departure comes days after he unleashed a vulgar tirade against two top White House officials in a conversation with a reporter.

After Ryan Lizza, a reporter for The New Yorker and a CNN contributor, broke the news that Scaramucci was having dinner with Fox News host Sean Hannity and former top Fox News executive Bill Shine, Scaramucci called to try to force Lizza to give up his source.

Scaramucci suspected that Priebus was the leaker and slammed the former chief of staff.

“Reince is a f—ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” he said, mimicking Priebus when he added, ”’Let me leak the f—ing thing and see if I can c–k block these people the way I c–k blocked Scaramucci for six months.'”

And in a comment that drew consternation from even some Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Scaramucci slammed White House strategist Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump adviser, for what Scaramucci considered was trying to build his own brand from the White House.

“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c–k,” he said.

Trump thought that Scaramucci’s comments to The New Yorker were inappropriate, Sanders told reporters on Monday.

“The President certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for someone in that position and he didn’t want to burden Gen. Kelly also with that line of succession,” she said during the White House news briefing.

Before the New Yorker interview published, Scaramucci called into CNN’s “New Day” and all but blamed Priebus for leaking information. The remarkable interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo — which came after Scaramucci included Priebus’ name in a tweet about leaking — put the developing power struggle inside the West Wing on full display, with Scaramucci at one point warning that “the fish stinks from the head down.”

“When I put out a tweet and I put Reince’s name in a tweet, they’re all making the assumption that it’s him because journalists know who the leakers are,” Scaramucci said on “New Day.” “So if Reince wants to explain he’s not a leaker, let him do that. But let me tell you about myself. I’m a straight shooter and I’ll go right to the heart of the matter.”

Despite not always being a Trump supporter, Scaramucci entered the White House as someone with a long relationship with Trump, something others in the communications shop did not enjoy. In interviews during his brief tenure as a White House staffer, Scaramucci talked up his knowledge of Trump’s needs and his connection to the President.

Scaramucci, who advised Trump during the 2016 campaign, had hoped for an earlier post in the administration and began selling his hedge fund — SkyBridge Capital — in order to win a role. But that role was delayed for Scaramucci, who blamed Priebus and other establishment Republicans in the administration for blocking his entry.

Before becoming communications director, Scaramucci was named as vice president and chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank.

When asked if Scaramucci is returning to the Ex-Im bank, a spokesperson for the bank said: “We are checking into this matter.”

Asked the same question, Sanders said: “He does not have a role at this time in the Trump administration,” Sanders said, later specifying that Scaramucci doesn’t currently have a position at Ex-Im.

But what really warmed Trump to Scaramucci was his months of being a prominent TV surrogate for the President, regularly clashing with television hosts and casting the Trump administration as a well-oiled machine.

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Scaramucci, despite casting himself as a political outsider in the vein of Trump, was national finance co-chair of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and later fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the 2016 GOP primaries before jumping to Trump’s campaign.

38 comments

  • us

    want the best team?….get rid of the weak links. if the shoe fits. doin a good job Mr. Donald….Trust that there are more of us that back you than oppose you.

      • us

        are you belittling the occupational duties of a custodian? Jab at someone without a masters degree or even someone whom just chose that profession?
        I’d say that is typical stuck-up liberal talk but that would be stereotyping.
        im no janitor but if i were, i’d sweep with pride and detail.

  • Another Trump Victim

    The circus is alive and well…….at this rate Trump will fire himself by Labor day.

  • pervert on a golf cart

    tRUMP is a complete disaster for this country. Check the behavior of tRUMPlings. They should have voted for Hillary. She would keep their welfare checks. tRUMP is cutting welfare.LOL!!

  • Are you for real?

    For all the whiny hillary loving liberals out there. Everytime you blast Trump your candidate lost to him. So what does that say about Hillary?

    • ozzycoop

      Just that there are a lot of idiots that voted for Trump. They don’t require an iq test to vote.

    • McCracken

      It says she won the popular vote, but we use an archaic voting system. We should be using a popular vote system, like we do in every other election. If you live on in CA, and voted for Trump, your vote was worthless because CA is a historically blue state. If you live in TX, and voted for Clinton, you vote was worthless because TX is a historically red state. Why not have every single vote count, via popular vote?

  • lookback

    Pity the Mooch, jeez he loses his job after 11 days, his wife recently divorced him while being 9 months pregnant, no worries though, the billionaire Mooch congratulated her on the birth of the child (his) via twitter. Wow I always thought Trump was going to be a train wreck just didn’t think he would be a train, car, plane and boat wreck all in one. So who’s next as comms. director, Alex Jones, he would fit right in at the Oval Office asylum. It is a new week so stayed tuned to the crazy channel, the Trump carnival sideshow continues, unfortunately at the expense of our once great nation.

  • Reason

    Trump isn’t qualified to manage a Pizza Hut — his incompetence is a clear and present danger to this country.

    • Lance

      Like hildabeast would be any better. This guy was vulgar and insulting. Do you want him around if he can’t get along with others? Go to a place where you would be appreciated…. like a preschool.

      • Givemeabreak

        No I don’t want him around if he can’t get along with others. That’s why nothing is getting done. It’s called compromise. Both sides need to work together and what Trump does only creates more division. He seems to love the chaos.

      • Proletariat

        Decades of government experience and doesn’t have the temperament of a 5 year old. By default she’d be better.

      • Lance

        Yeah im not happy with musical cabinet. But how can anything get done if the focus is on Russians? He deserved to get the axe if he speaks like a vulgar idiot

      • ozzycoop

        Vulgar and insulting. He sure was. Kinda like Trump with his mouth about women and grabbing them by the %&$& because he is rich and can do whatever he wants. He moved on Scaramuchi like a %%%% didn’t he?

  • Funny if it wasn't so sad...

    Oh, yeah. Drumpf hires all the best people. Sure.

    Do you boot-licking doormats know why your Idiot-in-Chief got so good at firing his own employees? Because he was never particularly good at HIRING them.

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