In his first day on the job, Trump chief of staff John Kelly has engineered the removal of Anthony Scaramucci from the position of communications director to which Scaramucci himself had been named only 10 days ago. The New York Times reports here, Politico here.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Scaramucci’s departure. “Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” she said in a statement. “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.”
That sounds final to me, but the Times includes the proviso that Scaramucci might remain at the White House in another position. I think he’s outta here.
In his brief tenure as communications director Scaramucci gave the New Yorker an interview that resulted in what I believe is the most read story ever posted on the magazine’s site. It reflected no credit on President Trump and suggested to me that this was a guy who did not know how to help friends, hurt enemies or protect the White House from his own poor judgment. It also suggested to me that his communication skills might not have been all they were cracked up to be. General Kelly’s arrival at the White House cannot have come too soon.