Here's a Day-by-Day Breakdown of Anthony Scaramucci's Turbulent, Colorful 10 Days as White House Communications Director
Scaramucci's removal from the Communications Director post comes 10 days after it was announced
Anthony Scaramucci just broke the record for shortest-ever tenure for a White House Communications Director.
On Monday, the White House announced that Scaramucci – a former Goldman Sachs investment banker – would be leaving his job after just 10 turbulent, colorful days.
Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of “The Mooch’s” week and a half in the spotlight.
July 21: President Donald Trump announces Scaramucci’s appointment to the position of White House Communications Director. Hours later, Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns. Spicer told the president that he disagreed with the choice of Scaramucci to replace Michael Dubke, who resigned the post of Communications Director in May, according to multiple reports.
July 22: After it’s revealed that Scaramucci had previously tweeted his support of climate-change and gun-control laws, among other left-leaning views, he tweets that he’s now deleting old tweets.
July 23: During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Scaramucci compliments newly-installed Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, calling her an “incredibly warm person.” But what he said next left him fending off charges of sexism: “The only thing I ask Sarah, Sarah if you’re watching, I loved the hair and makeup person that we had on Friday. So I’d like to continue to use the hair and makeup person.”
He later explains on Twitter: “For the record, I was referring to my hair and make up and the fact that I like the make up artist. I need all the help I can get! #humor.”
July 24: Scaramucci hits back at those who kept him out of the White House for months, including Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and (now former) Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, according to the New York Times. Scaramucci tells the paper: “I was left for dead on the street, and now I’m headed for Air Force One.”
July 25: Scaramucci tells reporters he’s going to “fire everybody” to stop White House leakers.
July 26: Politico publishes a report based on financial disclosure forms that Scaramucci still has a $50 million stake in the financial firm he founded, SkyBridge Capital. Scaramucci responds angrily with a tweet and what appeared to be a veiled threat against Priebus.
“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45,” he tweeted, tagging Priebus.
Scaramucci later deleted the tweet.
July 27: The New Yorker publishes a stunning, foul-mouthed interview with Scaramucci in which he insults Priebus (“f—ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac”) and Bannon (too vulgar to print).
Scaramucci also complains about “leakers,” accusing Priebus of being one of the culprits, and again promises to fire multiple White House staffers. “I fired one guy the other day,” he told reporter Ryan Lizza. “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.”
July 28: Scaramucci’s short, brutal war against Priebus ends as he announces he has resigned as Chief of Staff. Former U.S. Marine Gen. John Kelly, serving as Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security, is appointed to replace Priebus in the West Wing.
July 29: Page Six reports that Scaramucci’s wife was nine months pregnant when she filed for divorce. Scaramucci was reportedly not present for the birth of his child, and was instead with Trump at the Boy Scouts Jamboree in West Virginia. “When James was born, he sent [Deidre] a text saying, ‘Congratulations, I’ll pray for our child,’ ” a source told Page Six.
July 31: Trump fires Scaramucci. Multiple sources report that Scaramucci’s ouster came at Kelly’s urging – the man who replaced Priebus.