After just 10 days in the role of White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci has been fired. This move comes less than a week after a sensational interview Scaramucci gave to The New Yorker, and only days after John Kelly took over as the Chief of Staff.
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CNN is reporting that it was Kelly who instigated the move. “A White House official said Kelly wanted Scaramucci removed from his new role as the communications director because he did not think he was disciplined and had burned his credibility.”
10 days ago, when Scaramucci was hired, Sean Spicer handed in his resignation. It was a shocking move for the administration. Chief of staff Reince Priebus was out a week later.
There’s no word yet about who might take Scaramucci’s place.
Scaramucci upset many with the interview he gave to The New Yorker last week. It was riddled with profanity and accusations about character, and some even read threats in the communication director’s words.
“What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over,” Scaramucci told Ryan Lizza. “I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves,” he said. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”
“Is it an assistant to the President?” Lizza wouldn’t answer. “O.K., I’m going to fire every one of them, and then you haven’t protected anybody, so the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks.”
“I’ve asked people not to leak things for a period of time and give me a honeymoon period,” Scaramucci said. “They won’t do it.”
“They’ll all be fired by me,” he said. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus—if you want to leak something—he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.”
As if this wasn’t bad enough, he continued in a much more vulgar tone. “Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said. He then openly mocked Priebus. “ ‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’ ”
To emphasize just how seriously he was taking these matters, Scaramucci made other statements. “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.”
“What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers and I want to get the President’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people,” Scaramucci said.
“O.K., the Mooch showed up a week ago,” he said. “This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, O.K.? Because I nailed these guys. I’ve got digital fingerprints on everything they’ve done through the F.B.I. and the fucking Department of Justice.”
Calls for his termination began almost immediately. Less than a week later, he’s out.