Just over a week into his new role as White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci has been removed from the position, the White House confirmed Monday.
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. 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 White House press secretary said in a statement.
Scaramucci’s short tenure was a whirlwind — after giving an expletive-laden interview to The New Yorker about his new White House colleagues, it was revealed on Friday that his wife had filed for divorce earlier this month while nine months pregnant with Scaramucci’s son.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Monday that Trump found Scaramucci’s comments to The New Yorker “inappropriate for a person in that position” of White House communications director. She added, amid questions of whether Scaramucci was staying on in some other position, that he does not have any administration role “at this time.”
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Some on the left were, tongue in cheek, sorry to see him and his colorful language and antics go. Tweeted Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, “Is Gen Kelly gonna take ALL the fun out of covering this WH or what?”
Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo also praised Kelly for the move, tweeting that the retired general is “1 for 1.”
Trump has authorized Kelly to bring military-style disciple to the White House staff, and has been given given almost carte blanche by the president to make significant changes, reports the Washington Post.
According to a senior editor at the Wall Street Journal, Scaramucci is the short-serving communications director in history, and joins Priebus as the shortest-serving chief of staff in history and Gen. Michael Flynn as the shortest-serving national security advisor in history.
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Sources told CNN Scaramucci was escorted off the White House grounds after his resignation.