That didn’t last long: White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was fired after his first full week in the job, with reports indicating that Scaramucci lost President Donald Trump’s confidence due to a vulgar conversation with a reporter.
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced 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.”
The departure of Scaramucci – who was personally brought on board by Trump in a decision that was rumored to have led to former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s resignation – becomes the latest shakeup in an administration that has been rocked over the last week by high-level departures.
Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was fired on Friday after Scaramucci’s rant, which was reported on by New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza and saw the New York financier describe Priebus as “a fucking paranoid schizophrenic” who “cock-blocked” him for six months from getting a job in the Trump administration.
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” Scaramucci said. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve my country.”
In the embarrassing aftermath of his foul-mouthed tirade, Scaramucci took to Twitter to apologize for his indiscretion, but the damage was done.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 27, 2017
Now that Trump has appointed Kelly to the post of White House chief of staff, he is expected to tighten ship and foster a renewed sense of discipline in the White House that is reminiscent of his time in the Marines.