After just 10 days on the job, the White House’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci founder of the investment group Skybridge Capital, is out. Scaramucci was brought on to tackle the White House’s leaks problem and aggressively took that role into the public making the rounds on all the cable news networks to talk about his new job.
Scaramucci took to the podium in the press room almost immediately after his appointment caused Sean Spicer to resign as press secretary in opposition to his hiring.
In his short time on the job Scaramucci put himself into the spotlight far more than is usual for the position of communications director leading some to speculate that he could soon be fired.
In addition to Spicer, the Mooch – as he had come to be called – was at odds with other White House staff including former Cheif of Staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci reportedly resented Priebus for getting a position at the White House over him and telling the president that he can’t be trusted.
As the Huff Post reported over the weekend:
Priebus, according to a confidant of both Scaramucci and the president, told Trump, “He played you.”
“How’s that?” Trump asked Priebus, according to the same source, who has spoken to several people within the White House about the conversation.
Priebus then told Trump that he felt Scaramucci had been offered too much for SkyBridge by HNA Group. The deal, he implied, smelled bad — as if the Chinese might expect favors from within the administration for that inflated price. The source also said that Priebus mentioned there was email traffic between Scaramucci and the Chinese proving this.
But tensions really began to build in the White House after Scaramucci went on a rant over the phone with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza.
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” Scaramucci told Lizza, speaking of Trump’s chief strategist. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
He also took a jab at Preibus in the New Yorker story published a day before the former chief of staff resigned.
“I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus—if you want to leak something—he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.”
Scaramucci’s removal comes on the same day that Priebus’ replacement, former Marine General and Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, was sworn in.
According to Breitbart the White House’s new press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, implied that the decision to remove Scaramucci was one which might have been mutual:
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” Sanders said. 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.”
But the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that his removal came at the request of the new chief of staff. Still, this might not be the last we’ve seen of the Mooch according to sources at the White House which told ABC News:
“Scaramucci offered his resignation Monday morning to newly sworn-in chief of staff John Kelly, with a request to be redeployed as chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank, to allow Kelly to assert his leadership in the West Wing.”