Donald Trump removes Anthony Scaramucci as communications director after 10 days

US President Donald Trump's communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, is leaving the job after little over a week, the White House said on Monday, in the latest staff upheaval to hit the Republican's six-month-old presidency.
Anthony Scaramucci arrives for an event in New York on July 28, 2017,
Anthony Scaramucci arrives for an event in New York on July 28, 2017,PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON - United States President Donald Trump on Monday (July 31) removed Mr Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, the White House announced, ousting him just days after Mr Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the President's senior staff.

"Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House communications director," Ms Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, 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."

Mr Scaramucci's abrupt removal came just 10 days after the wealthy New York financier was brought on the West Wing staff, a move that convulsed an already chaotic White House and led to the departures of Mr Sean Spicer, the former press secretary, and Mr Reince Priebus, the President's first chief of staff.

In a Twitter message just before 5.30am (5.30pm Singapore time) on Monday, just hours before the announcement about Mr Scaramucci, Mr Trump insisted that there has been "No WH chaos!"

The decision to remove Mr Scaramucci became public as Mr Kelly, who replaced Mr Priebus as the top adviser in the White House, began his first day in charge of the White House staff. He told aides gathered in early-morning staff meetings that he intended to impose a new sense of order and operational discipline that had been absent under his predecessor.

 
 
 

“There’s a new sheriff in town,” said Mr Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign adviser. An administration official said Mr Kelly had asked for Mr Scaramucci’s removal. “A great day at the White House!” Mr Trump tweeted on Monday evening.

Mr Scaramucci had boasted about reporting directly to the President, not the chief of staff. But the decision to remove him came at Mr Kelly's request, the people said.

It was not clear whether Mr Scaramucci, who is known informally as "The Mooch", will remain at the White House in another position.

While Mr Kelly's objection was the decisive factor in Mr Scaramucci's departure, people close to the decision said that Mr Trump had quickly soured on the New York-bred former hedge fund manager.

Mr Trump was initially pleased by Mr Scaramucci's harsh remarks. But over the weekend, after speaking with his family and Mr Kelly, the President began to see the brash actions of his subordinate as a political liability and potential embarrassment, according to two people familiar with his thinking.

"The President certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for a person in that position and he didn’t want to burden General Kelly," Ms Sanders said.