Trump Removes Scaramucci as White House Communications Director

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July 31, 2017

President Donald Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci as the White House communications director after just 10 days on the job.

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

People close to the decision told the New York Times on Monday that Scaramucci was removed from his senior White House role just days after assuming the post:

President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, three people close to the decision said Monday, relieving him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president's senior staff.

The move to remove Scaramucci came at the request of John Kelly, who was sworn in as White House chief of staff on Monday morning. Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, is expected to bring more stability to what political reporters and commentators have called a chaotic White House.

White House officials told multiple media outlets that Trump's decision to oust Scaramucci came at the request of Kelly, who had served as secretary of homeland security before assuming his new role.

"Kelly is already changing the culture here," one White House aide told Politico.

Scaramucci made headlines last week after he called reporter Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker and went on a profanity-laced tirade against fellow White House staffers, including chief strategist Steve Bannon and then-chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Scaramucci is the latest of several high-profile departures from top White House jobs. Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary on the morning that Scaramucci was hired and Priebus resigned the day after Scaramucci's controversial interview with the New Yorker was published.