Anthony Scaramucci has been removed as White House communications director after only 10 days in the job and two weeks before his formal start date.
This news comes on the day General John Kelly was sworn in as Chief of Staff. The White House released a statement saying that “Mr Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.” A similar rhetoric was used about Sean Spicer when he resigned as Press Secretary the day Scaramucci joined the White House.
On Thursday of last week the New Yorker published an over-the-phone interview with Scaramucci. The interview was a profanity-filled tirade against then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as well as White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. He has also boasted about reporting directly to the President instead of the Chief of Staff as is customary and claimed that he would fire every member of the communications team due to the “leaking” of his public financial disclosure form.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President Donald Trump felt Scaramucci’s comments to the New Yorker were “inappropriate for a person in that position” and Trump did not want to “burden General Kelly with that line of succession.”