UPDATED with White House statement: Ten days after being appointed White House Communications director and on the first day that General John Kelly has taken over as Donald Trump’s Chief Of Staff, Anthony Scaramucci is out of a job.
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” said the White House on Monday soon after the news broke. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team,” Team Trump added in carefully parsed terms. “We wish him all the best.”
The move came as a flexing of muscle by Kelly after Scaramucci apparently offered his resignation to the former four star Marine General and Homeland Security Secretary. The end of the shortest WH Communications Director tenure ever also follows the long suffering Reince Priebus resigning as Trump’s first Chief of Staff on July 28 – after essentially being kicked to the tarmac by POTUS in a series of tweets announcing the former RNC chief’s departure.
In this revolving of an administration, Priebus’ exit came mere hours after a profanity laced interview the man called the Mooch gave the New Yorker ripping the then Chief of Staff, senior advisor Steven Bannon and others in the seemingly civil war of the Trump White House. Scaramucci’s appointment saw the resignation of much mocked Press Secretary Sean Spicer and others in the Communications department. Teased as a Dancing With The Stars contestant, Spicer is actually still at the White House and could even find himself subbing as Communications director again as he was in double duty for the past several months.
In an Executive branch full daily and hourly of spasms and contradictions, news of Scaramucci’s exit also came as CNN was reporting that Kelly had made an outraged phone call with canned FBI Director James Comey soon after Trump fired him in early May. Angered by the firing and the way it was handled, the call allegedly had the now White House Chief of Staff offering to leave his Homeland Security post in sympathy. A move that he obviously never followed through on.
An on-camera press briefing by current Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to take place later today.