Kelly In, Scaramucci Out at White House

 

Anthony Scaramucci.

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?

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  1. Jamie Lockett Inactive
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Exit question: Does Gen. Kelly’s quick decision indicate he can calm the turbulent White House?

    I hope so.

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  2. Percival Thatcher
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    What will you remember most fondly of the Scaramucci Era?

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  3. Paul Dougherty Member
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    Gen. Kelley to Mooche:

    “Put that coffee down!!”

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  4. Skyler Coolidge
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    I guess that’s a success story.  Mooche convinced Priebus to go away.  Victory.

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  5. Bob Thompson Member
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    Exit question: Does Gen. Kelly’s quick decision indicate he can calm the turbulent White House?

    Maybe. It seems reasonable that Reince Priebus was kept on as Chief of Staff as President Trump somewhat surprisingly was elected to that office. It also is not surprising to see an early departure, same reasoning. Scaramucci coming on board was a move that almost insured the departure of Priebus. If the President made those moves so that he could get the Chief of Staff that he wants, he would not let Scaramucci remain as an obstacle to making that work.

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  6. Skyler Coolidge
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    Moderator Note:

    Vulgarity

    Besides, if you keep a disloyal [redacted] that talks that way about his boss, you’re asking for trouble.  Good move by Kelly.

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  7. Scott Wilmot Member
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    Later, Mooch. Good move by John Kelly.

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  8. DrewInWisconsin Member
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    Percival (View Comment):
    What will you remember most fondly of the Scaramucci Era?

    The bulging eyes and the wide, fish-like mouth.

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  9. Bob Thompson Member
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    Percival (View Comment):
    What will you remember most fondly of the Scaramucci Era?

    Is he the new form of a hit man?

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  10. Dorrk Inactive
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    Scaramucci insults Priebus, nudging him out of the room, and Priebus’ replacement immediately kicks out Scaramucci. It’s like an old-timey slapstick routine.

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  11. Valiuth Inactive
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    Firing Mooch is the right call, but Mooch is the symptom not the cause of what afflicts the administration.

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  12. Could Be Anyone Member
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    Percival (View Comment):
    What will you remember most fondly of the Scaramucci Era?

    How quick it was.

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  13. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Bannon wins.

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  14. Bob Thompson Member
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    I think there’s a good chance the White House will operate better than the past six months.

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  15. Jamie Lockett Inactive
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    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):
    Bannon wins.

    That’s not how you spell Kelly.

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  16. James Golden Inactive
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    Exit question: Does Gen. Kelly’s quick decision indicate he can calm the turbulent White House?

    Unlikely, but we can hope.  My guess is that he does calm things in the short run, but the chaos returns in about 2 months.  Either way, kudos to Trump for allowing Kelly to fire the Mooch.

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  17. Jamie Lockett Inactive
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    Bob Thompson (View Comment):
    I think there’s a good chance the White House will operate better than the past six months.

    Let’s hope.

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  18. WI Con Member
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    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):
    Bannon wins.

    I hope so.

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  19. Paul Dougherty Member
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    Wouldn’t it  just be easier to ask for Prebius’s and Spicer’s resignations and replace them outright?

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  20. J.D. Snapp Coolidge
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    Percival (View Comment):
    What will you remember most fondly of the Scaramucci Era?

    That duckface…

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  21. Bob Thompson Member
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    Paul Dougherty (View Comment):
    Wouldn’t it just be easier to ask for Prebius’s and Spicer’s resignations and replace them outright?

    Didn’t you see Wolf Blitzer trying for 15 minutes to get Priebus to spew some sordid details about his resignation with no success? Difficult to go after Trump for any of this, I’m sure media just loves that, not.

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  22. NigelT Member
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    Percival (View Comment):
    What will you remember most fondly of the Scaramucci Era?

    That I couldn’t get Bohemian Rhapsody out of my head for 11 straight days. I guess there’ll be plenty of time for Scaramucci to do the Fandango now!

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  23. Umbra Fractus Inactive
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    My initial reaction to Priebus was, “Oh, god, it’s starting,” but the best case scenario was that Kelly was transferred in order to clean house. This is a step in the right direction on that front.

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  24. Umbra Fractus Inactive
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    NigelT (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    What will you remember most fondly of the Scaramucci Era?

    That I couldn’t get Bohemian Rhapsody out of my head for 11 straight days. I guess there’ll be plenty of time for Scaramucci to do the Fandango now!

    Dancing with the Stars?

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  25. blood thirsty neocon Inactive
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    Percival (View Comment):
    What will you remember most fondly of the Scaramucci Era?

    its brevity

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  26. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher
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    Good for Kelly and good for Trump. Scaramucci was too much.

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  27. Brian Watt Member
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    Scaramucci mémoires coming soon. Not mooch I’m afraid when compared to similar works.

     

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  28. She Reagan
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    Percival (View Comment):
    What will you remember most fondly of the Scaramucci Era?

    More than anything, I hope I will remember the end of it as the moment that portended President Trump’s deciding that, after all, he didn’t “know more than the generals,” and the moment he brought in an adult to run White House operations, and let him get on with it, unimpeded.

    That’s my fever dream, anyway.

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  29. Concretevol Thatcher
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    Going to hire the BEST people…… hahahahahah.

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  30. Paul Dougherty Member
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    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Paul Dougherty (View Comment):
    Wouldn’t it just be easier to ask for Prebius’s and Spicer’s resignations and replace them outright?

    Didn’t you see Wolf Blitzer trying for 15 minutes to get Priebus to spew some sordid details about his resignation with no success? Difficult to go after Trump for any of this, I’m sure media just loves that, not.

    The way the President is handling this now appears to me that he is not really in charge. Grabbing the popcorn and watching your staff go through this intrigue seems… not in charge.

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