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Gen. John Kelly kicked off his tenure as White House Chief of Staff with a bang, booting recently named Communication Director Anthony Scaramucci.
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday afternoon. “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.”
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.
This makes Scaramucci the third communications director to leave the White House in two months, following Sean Spicer who left 10 days ago, and Mike Dubke who departed in late May. Kelly decided that the flamboyant Scaramucci added to the sense of chaos permeating the White House, especially in recent weeks.
Scaramucci’s departure comes days after he unleashed a vulgar tirade against two top White House officials in a conversation with a reporter.
After Ryan Lizza, a reporter for The New Yorker and a CNN contributor, broke the news that Scaramucci was having dinner with Fox News host Sean Hannity and former top Fox News executive Bill Shine, Scaramucci called to try to force Lizza to give up his source.
Scaramucci suspected that Priebus was the leaker and slammed the former chief of staff.
“Reince is a [expletive] paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” he said, mimicking Priebus when he added, ”’Let me leak the [expletive] thing and see if I can [expletive] block these people the way I [expletive] blocked Scaramucci for six months.'”
And in a comment that drew consternation from even some Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Scaramucci slammed White House strategist Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump adviser, for what Scaramucci considered was trying to build his own brand from the White House.
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own [expletive]” he said.
Exit question: Does Gen. Kelly’s quick decision indicate he can calm the turbulent White House?