Anthony Scaramucci has been removed from his role as White House communications director after little more than a week in the job.
President Trump appears to have made a very quick reversal of his decision to appoint the straight-talking New Yorker, with media outlets reporting that Scaramucci has been fired.
However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that:
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give (new) chief of staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”
Did General Kelly hold the door open for Scaramucci?
Whatever the full truth behind the departure, which will hopefully come out in due course, it came just hours after the appointment of former US marine General John Kelly to the role of Donald Trump’s chief of staff.
The New York Times reported that Scaramucci was removed at General Kelly’s request. The newspaper also said that it was currently unclear whether Scaramucci would take up another role in the White House or leave entirely.
“No White House chaos”
The news follows what seems to be a particularly tumultuous period in the White House, although President Trump did tweet on Monday that there is “no WH chaos”.
Scaramucci’s straight-talking has contributed to the problems by being apparently a little too straight.
Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus, who General Kelly replaced, and communications director Sean Spicer both left their positions as a result of Scaramucci’s appointment.
Scaramucci clearly had a major problem with Priebus. He accused him of being responsible for White House leaks, as well as giving a diatribe about him to a journalist that was laden with curse words.
If he’s still going to continue the fight, it will now be in a different role.