Trump Ousts Scaramucci as Communications Director

Scaramucci quickly ramped up the drama by threatening to fire "everybody" in the White House press office...

Trump Ousts Scaramucci as Communications Director

We Say: Scaramucci came in like a hurricane, lots of sound and fury, or maybe even like the leader of a New York street gang taking over in an ‘or else’ sort of way. A few days later enter USMC General (Ret) John Kelly with the quiet competence and confidence of a commander of a multi-national military force. Been there, done that.

Military folks will tell you that an experienced general officer can command any organization anywhere anytime. One wonders if Mr. Scaramucci got that memo.

Republished from, by Tara Palmeri, July 31, 2017. Image credit: photograph by Sam Hodgson/NYT/Redux. Contributor: Don Krebs.

President Donald Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, a little more than a week after the former financier was named to the post, the White House said on Monday.

The change came at the request of new chief of staff John Kelly, who started Monday, two White House officials said. It was not clear whether Scaramucci would take on a new role after leaving the communications job, nor was it immediately clear who would take over the position.

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

Scaramucci was expected to announce his new communications team Monday afternoon, but he was informed of the decision to remove him that morning. A senior White House aide said the move came after discussions over the weekend. There was “no way” he could work with Kelly, the senior aide said.

“Kelly is already changing the culture here,” said another White House aide.

Scaramucci’s brief tenure brought turmoil to the West Wing, including the exits of press secretary Sean Spicer and former chief of staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci was criticized last week for a profanity-laced tirade in a conversation with a New Yorker reporter.

His time as communications director seemed to start well, with a friendly on-camera appearance in the White House briefing room. Spicer’s tenure had been marked by combative exchanges with reporters, and eventually the briefings were largely moved off camera. Sanders, Spicer’s replacement as press secretary, spoke to reporters on camera last week after the change atop the communications department.

But Scaramucci quickly ramped up the drama by threatening to fire “everybody” in the White House press office if leaks to reporters did not stop. On Tuesday, he told POLITICO he planned to fire a press aide — but after making the move public, it was delayed until the aide, Michael Short, resigned later that day.

Josh Dawsey and Theodoric Meyer contributed to this report.

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