Anthony Scaramucci Cancels ‘Press Event,’ Is ‘Focusing on Family’

Ousted White House communications director won’t be giving his side of the story after all

Last Updated: August 3, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

Anthony Scaramucci, who missed the birth of his own son during his brief tenure as White House communications director, says his planned “press event” Friday has been canceled so he could spend more time with his family and focus on his work in the private sector.

Scaramucci had planned to address the American people during an online event on Friday to discuss his abrupt departure from the White House, which came less than 11 days after taking on the job of communication director. But those hoping to see the mooch-worthy fireworks before heading into the weekend will have to find another source of entertainment.

“No Press Event Tomorrow: Focusing on Family, My Work in The Private Sector. Stay Tuned!,” Scaramaucci tweeted Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, Scaramucci announced he would finally address his departure during an online broadcast on various live platforms.

Scaramucci’s time as communications director was short but impactful. During his brief tenure, he propelled the resignations of both White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, as well as White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Scaramucci famously missed the birth of his son on July 24. While traveling with the president to West Virginia for the Boy Scout Jamboree, his wife, Deidre Ball, went into labor. The New York Post’s Page Six reported he simply sent her a text, saying: “Congratulations, I’ll pray for our child.” (Ball filed for divorce on July 6.)

The former White House communications director told the Huffington Post that his wife’s due date was Aug. 9, so he wasn’t expecting her to give birth so soon.

Scaramucci has apparently still not met his son as of Tuesday afternoon, eight days after his birth, telling HuffPost his wife texted him to ask for space. Ball’s attorney said the text messages did not pertain to seeing the baby.

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