Trump Drops Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director

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President Donald Trump is removing Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, just 11 days after he was announced for the job.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “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.”

Scaramucci was under fire after the New Yorker published an expletive-filled conversation he had with one of its writers, Ryan Lizza.

Sanders told reporters that Trump felt that Scaramucci’s comments were “inappropriate.” She said that Trump did not want to “burden” Kelly with a communications director who reported to the president, not the chief of staff.

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Scaramucci was not scheduled to officially begin his job until Aug. 15.

According to the New York Times, Scaramucci’s removal came at the request of Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, who started in his new job on Monday.

There had been speculation about Scaramucci’s future ever since Trump replaced chief of staff Reince Priebus with Kelly. Scaramucci had made a point of telling Lizza that he reported directly to Trump, not Priebus, but it was unclear whether that chain of authority would still be in place once Kelly took over.

“I have no doubt that he will be an absolutely superb chief of staff,” Trump said of Kelly at a cabinet meeting on Monday.

Sanders said that Kelly will have “full authority” in the White House. Asked whether that meant that chief strategist Steve Bannon, his daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner would report to the new chief of staff, she said, “That includes everyone at the White House.”

Scaramucci, the founder of SkyBridge Capital who has been a commentator on Fox Business, was a loyal Trump confidant during the 2016 campaign, but his selection as communications director just 11 days ago triggered a chain reaction of shakeups at the White House. Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, resigned in protest, and Priebus departed last week.

But Scaramucci, who had expected to be a fierce, loyal, and even brash defender of Trump’s, ran into trouble last week, after he called Lizza to try to find out about his source of a leak. During the call, Scaramucci trashed Priebus, threatened to fire the entire White House communications staff, and made a vulgar comment about Bannon. Scaramucci also said that he was going to contact the FBI and the Justice Department in regards to what he said was a leak of his financial disclosure form, even though it is a public record.

Since then, Scaramucci has kept a low profile, and canceled a planned appearance at last week’s Politicon in Pasadena, Calif.

Sanders said that Scaramucci “does not have a role at this time in the Trump administration,” which appeared to keep open the possibility that he could take some other role.

Trump selected him for the post even though he had no communications experience. In his first appearance before the media, Scaramucci, whose nickname is “The Mooch,” was fiercely loyal to Trump and showed a delivery that many labeled as schmoozy. He even blew an air kiss at the White House press corps. It was far different than that of previous communications directors who kept a much lower profile, and over the next few days Scaramucci made multiple appearances on news shows.

In fact, he turned out to be such a unique character for the position that there was speculation from the start on who would portray him on “Saturday Night Live.” Mario Cantone offered to play the part, and even appeared as Scaramucci in a skit on Comedy Central’s “The President Show” on Thursday.

Shortly after Scaramucci’s exit, Cantone tweeted, “Yes I did. I knew it. That’s why ya don’t wait. Ya do it in the now!. Strike now! Hey, There’s an old Italian expression…what d’ya gonna do?”

 

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  1. Crutech says:

    OMG! LOL. So hilarious….he really did sell his company for White House job.

  2. Well, the truth is, he is still him, nothing can change such people. U put a pig in a clean environment, it’s still a pig!

  3. Reasons, in no particular odor:
    He leaked a private convo with the POTUS during a CNN interview, about the superiority of Russian Intelligence, which was used to gain political advantage by Senator Al Franken.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      1] There is no such thing as a private conversation with Donald, as it would likely take place between the participants’ faces, & he can’t even think anything inside his 1 head without Tweeting it.

      2] Franken gained nothing… He ripped apart Gorsuch, & they still approved him. (Hoping for an apology when Al appears on TV tonight.)

      3] Just like any other country, some intelligence is superior & some inferior (all superior to Trump except any Americans who truly voted for him).

  4. Johnson says:

    Great and Quite amazing …………………..

  5. tjchurch2001 says:

    First, the press secretary is quoted as saying he would be leaving the job (which my TV told me on an NBC affiliate he was fired from 10 hours ago). Then, the article later says he wasn’t supposed to start it for another week.

    Demote Dumb Donald!!

  6. Lily says:

    Moochie, don’t be sad…now you have plenty of time to learn how to su*k your own co*k…
    One day you’ll be as good as Bannon !

  7. Rudy Mario says:

    Ha ha ha….tick tock tick tock…who is next.
    Sad to see the mooch go. He could have provided so many hours of free but real entertainment that Hollywood could never match; that is if you discount the fact that we are the laughing stock of the world and the country is down the drain. I hear that too further appease the religious nut cases the guy from Duck Dynasty is going to join the west wing. That would be terrific….. again purely from an entertainment perspective. Tick tock tick….

    • Sam says:

      The only embarrassment is the last pres giving n Korea and Iran money/weapons.
      ALL BECAUSE THE LAST PRES. DESTROYED THE MIDDLE EAST. Now the entire world suffers.
      One of the poorest countries in the world n Korea has weapons and no person has yet to reveal where they are getting money!!!!!! to build this. China? Russia?
      Oil countries?

  8. Frank says:

    Noooooooooooo
    Not the mooch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Noooooooooo
    He’s the best thing about this media gossip
    News. The reporter should be fired for repeating a personal conversation and……
    illegally repeating a leak story about the dinner.
    It’s time to grow a pair and start getting rid of these gossips no more access to press conferences for the New Yorker moron.
    Start jailing the scum that repeat from leaks.

  9. Actually, Trump didn’t fire him. The decision was handed down from new chief of staff John Kelly. Before he took the job, Kelly probably said “I’ll be loyal to you, but I’m not going to be part of the clown show you’re running and want to make changes immediately.”

  10. Noel O'Neill says:

    Old Italian expression. ” YOU PUT A MONKEY IN A SUIT, HE’S STILL A MONKEY!!!

  11. Lucky says:

    Yet another flaming dumpster pile to get our minds off the Russia collusion

  12. Kimtim says:

    Scaramucci perfectly embodied the cancer that is the trump administration. Repel the ACA so the trump supporters can die off.

  13. Kimtim says:

    Nooooooo!

  14. cowgirldiva says:

    An excellent move by President Trump..!! As a business owner, I would have done the exact same thing and fire someone who exhibited that type of behavior in a jack flash minute…..!! The Mooch…got too big for his britches in record time..!! President Trump made the completely correct decision in getting ride of that loudmouth….!!

  15. Alex says:

    I’m sure the many writers at SNL had already started writing crappy skits staring the Mooch. They better hope Kelly Anne Fitzpatrick doesn’t go anywhere.

  16. Shakin' My Head says:

    When will they be installing a revolving door at the White House??

  17. The Truth says:

    This is a promising initial move for Kelly. Scaramucci was an instant embarrassment. Let’s hope the new Chief of Staff will orchestrate the rapid departure of all the other numbnuts in Trump’s administration.

  18. Steve S. says:

    With 10 days on the job, Scaramucci is the shortest-serving communications director in White House history. I guess Trump is #1 after all. Must be all that “winning” he promised.

  19. paully says:

    Saturday Night Live in chaos.. They were testing who was going to be the Mooch and now??

  20. If Trump had an Organ Grinder he could make money with this monkey.

  21. See Me - Feel Me says:

    Can you spell cluster f–k?

  22. Steve Barr says:

    The fish stinks from the head !

  23. Ruth Deutsch says:

    Trump – This isn’t what I bargained for! This deal has become so disastrous for me, my family, and the country and some of our allies. I now know the best way to “Make America Great Again”. I’m resigning before the whole Russia thing becomes ridiculous. It’s too bad. I could have been the best President ever!

  24. Pam F. says:

    When will they learn that government by absurdity is no way to govern. We the people, Independent, Democrat or Republican, deserve better than what this mess of an Presidential administration is giving us!

  25. Anti-trump says:

    How much money being spent hiring trumps friends then firing them a month later so they get a fat payday for doing nothing

  26. Russ A Houghton says:

    Priebus must be having a chuckle

  27. Now that is not a surprise. Wonder what Melania had to say!

  28. Silent Velcro says:

    First his wife, now his boyfriend! Dude was in over his head.

  29. Samala M Henry says:

    “Strutted around?” Like an uppity negrah? Drumpfers are rich in their hatred for Black people. And yes, President Obama’s color is the only reason Drumpfers and the GOPeanuts hate him. You can lie and pretend, but your support for the idiotic, draft-dodging, tax and draft-dodging, trust-funding, thieving, adulterous, misogynist, thin-skinned, “I’ve got tweets for days” Drumpf prove that it wasn’t about President Obama’s skills or personality. It was his color. Point. Blank. Period.

  30. James says:

    Does the alt right operate in an alternate universe as well!?!

  31. Kaboom! says:

    Still not as embarrassing as Obama, who strutted around the oval office taking selfies of himself like he was a Hollywood starlet.
    You healthcare premium is $90 a month? Someone else is subsidizing your premium. And that $90 a month gets you a horrendous deductible of which you can’t pay, so your health insurance is a waste of money. And enjoy your Insurance Panda, hope you never have to use it, because you will find out it really is no insurance at all.

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