Anthony Scaramucci Out as Trump Communications Director After Only 10 Days

“Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate,” White House says

Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has resigned after 10 days on the job.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House communications director. 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,” the White House said in a statement.

Scaramucci’s time as communications director was bizarre. He began by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff last week, and then made global headlines when a profanity filled interview with the New Yorker made public his feud with former White House chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

During the phone call, Scaramucci called Priebus “a f-king paranoid schizophrenic,” among other colorful epithets, and accused the former RNC head of deliberately undermining him. However, when the interview was published, Scaramucci responded by saying his biggest mistake was to trust a reporter. He chalked it up to “colorful” language but was kept out of the spotlight in the days since the interview was published.

Even so, despite the controversy and embarrassment it brought on the White House, it was Preibus, not Scaramucci, who lost his job.



Ironically, Priebus’ replacement, John Kelly, wanted him removed, according to the New York Times. Kelly, a retired general and ex-Homeland Security secretary, was sworn into his new job Monday morning.

Scaramucci founded SkyBridge Capital, a global investment firm with over $11 billion in assets under its control. He was reportedly so confident he would be named to the Trump’s administration that he immediately arranged to offload his stake the hedge fund after the election, but wasn’t offered a job initially.

It’s not clear if Scaramucci will remain in the White House with a different title.