Scaramucci out as White House communications director after 10 surreal days

Scaramucci becomes the fourth White House official to depart since his appointment on July 21.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci
CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Less than two weeks after being appointed White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci is out.

The New York Times reported Monday afternoon that 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 “crude verbal tirade” occurred when Scaramucci called New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza on July 26. During the resulting interview, Scaramucci threatened to fire the Trump administration’s entire communications staff, called then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus “a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” and accused Priebus of leaking damaging information to the media. Priebus’ ouster was announced two days later.

Scaramucci—who, like Trump, entered the White House despite not fully divesting from his private business—blamed Lizza for the ensuing negative publicity.

Scaramucci’s appointment came over the objections of Priebus and then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who resigned in protest.

During the interview with Lizza, Scaramucci also blasted White House adviser Steve Bannon, saying, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock… I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

The morning after the interview with Lizza, Scaramucci called in to CNN and melted down on live television over his frustrations about White House leaks, which he suggested were Priebus’ fault.

Then, this past weekend, the New York Post broke news that Scaramucci’s wife demanded a divorce from him earlier this month, shortly before she gave birth to their child, in part because of her frustrations about Scaramucci taking a job working from Trump.

Scaramucci reportedly missed the birth of his child to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree with Trump. He sent his wife a congratulatory text.

But according to the Times, the final straw was actually Trump’s appointment of John Kelly as Priebus’ replacement.

“The decision to remove Mr. Scaramucci, who had boasted about reporting directly to the president not the chief of staff, John F. Kelly, came at Mr. Kelly’s request, [sources] said. Mr. Kelly made clear to members of the White House staff at a meeting Monday morning that he is in charge,” the Times reported.

Robert Costa of the Washington Post reported that Scaramucci’s profanity-laden interview with Lizza also played a role in his ouster.

In addition to Spicer and Priebus’ departures, Scaramucci also bragged to Lizza about forcing White House press aide Michael Short to resign shortly after he came aboard. So Scaramucci’s departure marks the fourth high-level White House official to leave since he took the job as communications director.

Scaramucci’s departure came hours after Trump asserted that there is “No WH chaos!” on Twitter.

The White House released a statement regarding Scaramucci’s departure shortly after news of it broke.

He was reportedly escorted from the White House grounds.