Anthony Scaramucci, the high profile White House Communications Director who was appointed to his post just 10 days ago, has been forced to resign.
Trump supporter, the equally high profile Mike Cernovich, has within the last 20 minutes published at least 1,000 Tweets and Retweets on the so-called resignation. (How is that possible?) There’s disappointment galore in Trump today, although some think Trump is playing 8D chess.
First, the authoritative version of the story, then the reaction to the news.
WASHINGTON—Anthony Scaramucci was removed from his position as White House communications director, just 10 days after his appointment to the post.
Mr. Scaramucci, who is nicknamed “The Mooch,” was removed at the urging of former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, who was sworn in as White House chief of staff Monday morning. Mr. Kelly is seeking to impose more discipline in the White House, two administration officials said.
After the swearing-in ceremony—which Mr. Scaramucci attended—Mr. Kelly returned to his office, where he informed Mr. Scaramucci in a one-on-one meeting that he was being forced to resign, a White House official said.
Mr. Scaramucci is expected to retain his position at the U.S. Export-Import Bank, a White House official said, which he asked to keep when he gave his resignation.
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Mr. Scaramucci would be leaving his role as 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,” she said.
Mr. Scaramucci didn’t return a call seeking comment.
The move comes four days after the New Yorker magazine published an expletive-filled interview with Mr. Scaramucci, in which the Wall Street financier attacked other top staffers in the White House, including Mr. Kelly’s predecessor Reince Priebus.
Mr. Scaramucci had told fellow White House officials in recent days that he knew it was a possibility that his New Yorker interview could result in him being ousted, said two people familiar with the conversation. But in a White House that has driven an unceasing news cycle for much of the past six months, with one breaking news story quickly overshadowing the last, Mr. Scaramucci told colleagues that he thought it might blow over.
Mr. Scaramucci—who had reported directly to President Donald Trump while Mr. Priebus was chief of staff—had told the president on Sunday that he wanted to report to Mr. Kelly, according to a Republican close to the White House. But Mr. Kelly felt the communications director was unable to be a “team player” and found his comments about his colleagues unbecoming, the person said.
Mr. Scaramucci’s press team was given 15 minutes notice on Monday to report to the office of Ms. Sanders, who informed them of the change, said two people who attended the meeting.
The communications staff of about 40 people received a similarly urgent notice last week when they were told that Mr. Scaramucci was joining the communications office, and that Sean Spicer, then the press secretary, was quitting. Mr. Spicer opposed Mr. Scaramucci’s hiring and decided to step down when he was added to the White House.
As Ms. Sanders spoke to the press team on Monday, a few feet away from her was Mr. Spicer, said two people familiar with the meeting. Mr. Spicer has been helping with the transition and hasn’t completely moved out of the office. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks, director of strategic communications, also attended the meeting and encouraged staff to stay focused on the work, one of the people said.
As news of the ouster emerged, Mr. Kelly sat in the White House’s East Room for a planned Medal of Honor ceremony. The chief of staff chatted with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ahead of the ceremony and appeared in good spirits.
Top advisers to Mr. Trump, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were supportive of Mr. Kelly’s move, according to a White House official.
Mr. Scaramucci is the fourth White House official to depart in the past 10 days. Mr. Priebus’s ouster was announced in a tweet from the president on Friday. Mr. Spicer announced his resignation a week earlier in protest of the hiring of Mr. Scaramucci. And Michael Short, a senior press assistant, resigned on Tuesday, hours after Mr. Scaramucci said he planned to fire him.
Mr. Scaramucci was the administration’s second official communications director. Mike Dubke, who previously held the post, resigned in May.
In a tweet sent early Monday morning, Mr. Trump touted what he said were his economic accomplishments in the White House so far, and wrote: “No WH chaos!”
White House officials had spent the weekend anticipating further shuffling, as Mr. Kelly took control of an often-turbulent West Wing.
One concern that may now be alleviated: Mr. Scaramucci’s vow last week to fire the entire communications office if he couldn’t determine which officials were leaking to the media.
Some Tweets critical of Trump’s treatment of The Mooch:
And some saying The Mooch needed to go:
You have to question Trump’s judgement in hiring Mooch to begin with. It’s clear that with him in charge, the chaos would have been a marvel. Sometimes chaos is good because it means things are being shook up. But at this point into his presidency, there needs to be less drama.