Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Donald Trump Says, 'It's A Great Day @ The White House' After Sacking Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci

Goodbye kiss: Scaramucci achieved the shortest tenure in the history of the White House communications director..
Anthony Scaramucci was removed as Donald Trump's communications director on Monday, ending a tumultuous eleven days in the role.

The president made the decision following a request from John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, who insiders said wanted to make clear he was in charge.

"A great day at the White House!" Mr Trump tweeted.

In a 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. We wish him all the best."
Mr Kelly, the widely-respected former retired US Marine Corps general and former commander of United States Southern Command, was sworn in as chief of staff on Monday.

"Kelly is already changing the culture here," one White House aide reportedly said, adding there was "no way" he could work with Mr Scaramucci.

"There's a new sheriff in town," said Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign adviser.

Mr Kelly summoned Mr Scaramucci to his office on Monday morning and fired him on the spot, an official told Reuters. It was one of Mr Kelly's first acts as chief of staff.

Mr Scaramucci was escorted from the White House grounds, becoming yet another high-ranking official to leave an administration that is barely beyond the six-month mark. He was the third person to hold the communications director title in that time.

Mr Scaramucci's appointment a little more than a week ago led to the resignation in protest of Sean Spicer, the press secretary, and the replacement of Reince Priebus as chief of staff.

The brash, New York financier was widely criticised for unleashing a foul-mouthed rant against both Mr Priebus and Steve Bannon, Mr Trump's chief strategist.

During an interview with a New Yorker journalist, Mr Scaramucci threatened to fire the entire White House communications team over the alleged leak of a dinner he attended at the White House.

He described Mr Priebus as a "paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac". And added that he wanted to "------- kill all the leakers". His profanity-laden comments about Mr Bannon were criticised across the political spectrum.

He said afterwards: "I sometimes use colourful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for [Mr Trump's] agenda."
'No chaos'

Although Mr Trump was reported to have "loved" the outburst, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters after his dismissal: "The president certainly felt that Anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position".

The president tweeted earlier on Monday there was "No WH chaos", and pointed to new job and wage figures.

Trump officials were hopeful last night that Mr Scaramucci's removal and the presence of the authoritative Mr Kelly in the West Wing could end the sense of chaos within the communications department.

"General Kelly has the full authority to operate within the White House, and all staff will report to him," said Ms Sanders. "That includes everybody at the White House."

During the swearing-in ceremony, Mr Trump confidently predicted the 67-year-old combat veteran - one of a group Mr Trump has dubbed "my generals" - will do a "spectacular job".

"I predict that General Kelly will go down as, in terms of the position of chief of staff, one of the great(est) ever," Mr Trump said.

"What he has done in terms of homeland security is record-shattering, if you look at the border, if you look at the tremendous results we've had.

Source: Telegraph

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