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Anthony Scaramucci OUT as White House Communications Director

Anthony Scaramucci OUT as White House Communications Director

Lasted ten days!

After a mere ten days, Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House Communications Director. From The New York Times:

Mr. Scaramucci’s abrupt removal came just 10 days after the wealthy New York financier was brought on to the West Wing staff, a move that convulsed an already chaotic White House and led to the departures of Sean Spicer, the former press secretary, and Reince Priebus, the president’s first chief of staff.

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, the people said. Mr. Kelly made clear to members of the White House staff at a meeting Monday morning that he is in charge.

It was not clear whether Mr. Scaramucci will remain employed at the White House in another position or will leave altogether.

ABC News reported that Scaramucci resigned. The Times said that Trump removed him. We will update this post as more information comes out.

The White House released this statement:

Politico reported that the decision came from the new chief of staff:

The change came at the request of new chief of staff John Kelly, who started Monday, the officials said. It was not clear whether he would take on a new role after leaving the communications job, nor was it immediately clear who would take over the position.

“Kelly is already changing the culture here,” said one White House aide.

Scaramucci came into the White House like a wrecking ball. Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned after he objected to Trump appointing Scaramucci to the communications director role.

Then last Friday Reince Priebus left his role as chief of staff a day after The New Yorker published a crude interview with Scaramucci, who described Priebus as “a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.”

The Washington Post even pointed out that the Harvard Law School alumni directory has listed Scaramucci as dead:

The blink-and-you-missed-him former White House communications director is listed as deceased in the new Harvard Law School alumni directory, which arrived in alums’ mailboxes the very week that “The Mooch” became the most talked-about guy in politics. An asterisk by the 1989 graduate’s name indicates that he was reported dead since the last directory, which was published in 2011.

It’s unclear whether he was the victim of a prank — or just a typo. Harvard Law didn’t say, but the school was apparently crimson-faced over the flub. “Regrettably, there is an error in the Harvard Law School alumni directory in the listing for Anthony Scaramucci,” a spokeswoman told us in an emailed statement. “We offer our sincere apologies to Mr. Scaramucci. The error will be corrected in subsequent editions.”


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thalesofmiletus | July 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm

“You’re fired.”

Soooo…does he qualify for a pension?

DieJustAsHappy | July 31, 2017 at 2:55 pm

I think this is a good sign. Given Chief of Staff John F. Kelly’s experience and capabilities, he can provide much needed organization, discipline, and stability to the White House Staff. President Trump needs to allow him to do his job. Appears that he may be prepared to do so.

    Pelosi Schmelosi in reply to DieJustAsHappy. | July 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Only a die-hard neverrtrump-tard like OnTheRags-Pierre could view this as a negative.

      DieJustAsHappy in reply to Pelosi Schmelosi. | July 31, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Given the “hotspots” around the world, both within and between various nations, our allies and enemies need to know with whom they’re dealing. May Chief of Staff Kelly go a long way in helping to clarify this administration’s policies, both at home and abroad.

Hopefully only the first ass of many to find Kelly’s boot.

I have to wonder if that was part of the plan. Get Scaramucci in to get out Priebus and possible others then have him leave.

    rabidfox in reply to RodFC. | July 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I doubt it. It’s kind of degrading to Mooch to be fired so shortly after being hired. He strutted a bit too much in an interview and tried to undercut his boss -Kelly. Not a good move.

    Ragspierre in reply to RodFC. | July 31, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    You mean “Plan Nine From Outer Space”.


      heyjoojoo in reply to Ragspierre. | July 31, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      I think the only chaos is with the usual media outlets of fake news like CNN, NBC, ABC, NYT, etc…

      I love the transition. Sometimes real cleaning of the swamp requires a deeper cleaning.

      When it’s all over, Trump will have been elected for another term and the Whitehouse will have regained the regular people’s trust (except for the snowflakers out there.) They will never be happy. I encourage them to carry their boxes of tissue.

    I love your comments, Rod, but I’m a bit confused by this one. Trump isn’t some master chess player, thinking ten moves ahead; he’s flailing around and it shows.

    I do not think he’s stupid, of course, but I do find it strange that so many people are endowing him with qualities he clearly doesn’t possess. He’s a great media troll, one of the best, and he’s good at cutting through the crap and latching onto issues that affect normal Americans.

    He is, in fact, far too smart to bring someone as horrendous and vile as Mooch onto the team for ten days simply to get rid of Spicer and Reince (both of whom he can fire at will). This makes his WH look chaotic and confused, with the added skeeze factor of Mooch . . . not a good look for a president.

      To give Trump credit, he would not have appointed the Mooch to that position if he did not think he could do the job.

      Mooch promptly (censored) the pooch, proving Trump wrong.

      Rather than waffle, divert, and lie about it, Trump did the Trump thing right away. You’re fired.

      It’s kind of nice to see in a President. And rare.

No chaos here…


Not a bit.

    mailman in reply to Ragspierre. | July 31, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    mean while in the real world, inhabited by real men and women (so not you Rags :);

    But yeah…you just keep believing what you are believing but just remember to pace yourself buddy. The 8 year Trump administration is gonna be a marathon buddy. Dont burn yourself out in the first year 🙂

      Ragspierre in reply to mailman. | July 31, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      As usual, you’re just frothing in some wild attempt to

      1. lie about me

      2. lie about your Great Goad Cheeto, and

      3. pretend things that are not true

      The last item is that I’ve been saying that the military should be unburdened by PC bullshit for some years, Urkle. Gen. Mattis and I are in accord. I can’t say about T-rump, since he says shit that’s all over the map from year to year and day to day.

      Ragspierre in reply to mailman. | July 31, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      “real men and women (so not you Rags)”

      What’s that BUT cowardly, dickless name-calling from the T-rumpian cult?

      You’d never have the stones to say that to anyone’s face, and certainly not mine.

        MarkSmith in reply to Ragspierre. | July 31, 2017 at 5:26 pm

        I see the great Jacobin has spoken and we should all tremble is his tough guy stück.

        Kelly will do just fine. Scaramucci had a purpose and I am guessing Trump got what he wanted out of him. If not, looks like he dealt with it.

        Never like Priebus. Glad he is gone. Time to clean out the Cheesehead Mafia.

        Next up should be Mr. of Mrs Lisa Barsoomian (aka – Ron Rosenstein. I would love to see Trump can Mueller.

        Nothing mamy day when the demorats heads explode.

        The comments on the WSJ site are amazing stupid. It must be the home of then NeverTrumpers.

        I can’t wait for the next fake news headline like “General will follow President’s Orders”

    PersonFromPorlock in reply to Ragspierre. | July 31, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Not used to a ‘vibrant’ White House, are you?

Sounds like he lived up to the handle I’d given him: Scare-a-Mucho.

inspectorudy | July 31, 2017 at 3:19 pm

Finally, an adult in the WH! Gen. Kelly will not suffer fools. This may be the beginning of the 2020 election cycle. If he, Kelly, gets to be in charge then Trump will survive. Up until now, it was like Animal House at the WH. Just observing Scaramucci in his first ten days was scary. The man has no self-control like his boss and the two of them could have blown any chance for 2020. Reading the interview he gave the NYT reporter and then being shocked that the guy quoted him verbatim shocked him! Did that not give all of you a clue had no idea what he was doing? I’m an old Marine and use some salty language myself on occasion but that interview showed me that he is a little man trying to be big. If I worked at the WH, I might have resigned if he was going to be my boss.

    Sammy Finkelman in reply to inspectorudy. | July 31, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    The intrview was with the New Yorker, but the New York Times quoted him explicitly, even though he sued an expletive taht richard Nixon didn’t use, deciding that here they had news that should be printed even though it wasn’t fit to print.

    The obama White House was an asylum of fascist pscyhopaths.

    Trump’s White House is not hillary clinton’s white house. This all up-side.

    Remember: had Trump not won the GOP field, Jeb! would have lost to clinton. Even if Jeb! won, we’d be prisoners of the GOP.

    Best. Election. Ever.

While I welcome the hiring of Kelly and the firing of Mooch, I’d like to hear the inevitable theory on how this was just another three-dimensional chess move by POTUS.

Otherwise, it looks like a President that is overreacting to the latest and loudest stimulus. Hoping Kelly will put an end to that and start acting like the wise (and scary) old man in the west wing.

    Merlin in reply to Immolate. | July 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Scaramucci’s firing was pretty much a no-brainer. It’s the second guy fired that will tell us how serious Trump is about establishing a legitimate chain of command. I can’t help but wonder if the Trump spawn are subject to Kelly’s span of control too.

      4th armored div in reply to Merlin. | July 31, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      problem for POTUS kin is that they are kin and they must treat POTUS as boss and not Dad.
      As you say, how they interact with Kelly and don’t go around him will be the measure of Kelly’s success.
      hope for the best prepare for the worst…….

Supposedly he’s going back to the ExIm Bank, a job that shouldn’t exist. Will the conservatives in Congress try again to kill it, after failing last year? If so, will Trump sabotage the effort?

Young Christopher Spencer went to the White House and announced that he had invented a repeating rifle which might assist the war effort, and he’d like to show it to the President. Lincoln came out and suggested that they walk down to the Potomac and do a bit of plinking. He sent for the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, but the Secretary sent back that he was too busy. At that point Lincoln told Spencer that it was hard to get good help.

And so it is.

Middle America’s response: Good to know someone in DC can actually get fired.

In essence, Mooch fired himself.

First, a communications director who uses profanity at all is a blinking red light on the dashboard. Second, he forgot that the job is not about HIM, but about representing the boss.

There was no third strike. Good job, Kelly. Good job, Trump for taking Kelly’s advice.

Kudos to Trump for making the decision quickly. The President needs people he can count on at this point since the GOP looks like a no-show.

Another thing to consider: Trump has not been part of the political swamp, anywhere. He’s inexperience with the mechanics of all this is causing some chaos – but that chaos is great. The only people suffering are the democrat, their media handlers, and GOPe rats infesting DC.

Trump is doing to DC and the GOPe what a brain surgeon did to that rat McCain.

    YellowSnake in reply to | July 31, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Apparently you don’t know the difference between a butcher and a brain surgeon. The Trump presidency is a bloody farce. Inexperience is no excuse. It never is.

    With you people, the buck never stops at Trump. It is always someone elses fault. I’ll bet you are all graduates of Trump U.

Scaramooch, scaramooch, can’t do the fandango,

Well, who does that surprise?

Oh, I know. T-rump suckers will just deny, deny, deflect, and denounce.

Still, how typical and how obvious.

    Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | July 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Sorry, how was it false to say the Russian lawyer made the meeting about adoptions? Isn’t that the truth? That all she wanted to talk about was the Russian sanctions on the US (i.e. adoptions) and how they could be lifted?

      MarkSmith in reply to Milhouse. | August 1, 2017 at 8:03 am

      It really does not matter what they talked about. The whole Russian thing is manufactured anyways. The Jacobin is just promoting the fake news because he is still a sore loser.

      I had to laugh, the Washington Post continues quoting Roger Stone. The media is out of control.

      I sure hope the RINOS and Demorats lose big time in 2018. That should put and end to all this. The biggest crook in this mess is government contractor connected Adam Schiff.

    MarkSmith in reply to Ragspierre. | August 1, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Classic #NeverTrump BS. Redstate has been a #NeverTrump blog for years now. The Jacobin still has no clue that Trump won the election. Everything the Jacobin says seems to be pure projection of self. Remember that the next time he calls you a liar.

    What is even worst, Redstate is quoting WP articles. Classic miss direction of information. Jacobin, you might be better telling about 72 year old ladies killing copperheads.

CNN Jack Trapper is pushing a interesting story about Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert

Something tells me this is a big nothing burger or a honeypot.