US President Donald Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci from his role as White House communications director after just 10 days. Scaramucci courted controversy after a foul-mouthed attack on his colleagues.
News of Anthony Scaramucci’s removal as White House communications director came just hours after US President Donald Trump swore in new chief of staff John Kelly.
According to the New York Times, the dismissal came at Kelly’s request.
In a short statement, the White House said “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.”
Sean Spicer used the same “clean slate” language to explain his resignation as press secretary on the day of Scaramucci’s appointment.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told a press briefing there were no plans for Scaramucci to fill another position in the Trump administration.
Former financier Scaramucci courted major controversy last week after the New Yorker magazine published an interview in which he went on afoul-mouthed tirade against two White House colleagues – former chief of staff Reince Priebus, who was sacked last week, and chief White House strategist Steve Bannon.
Sanders didn’t specify whether Scaramucci had resigned voluntarily or was fired, but she told journalists that “the president felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for a person in that position and he didn’t want to burden General Kelly.”
After swearing in Kelly earlier on Monday, Trump touted on Twitter that there was “no chaos” in his administration.
Sanders said Kelly, a retired four-star general, will have “full authority” to bring structure and discipline to the White House.