That didn't take long: just over a week after Anthony Scaramucci was appointed as the new White House communications director, and just three days after Trump fired the Mooch's arch nemesis Reince Priebus, the NYT reports that Trump has removed Scaramucci from the role of Communications Director, under instruction from Trump's new chief of staff, Gen. Kelly.
According to the NYT, 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 adds that Scaramucci offered his resignation to Gen. Kelly this morning, with a request to be moved to the Ex-Im bank.
WH sources tell ABC that @Scaramucci offered his resignation this morning to Gen. Kelly w/ request to move to Ex-Im bank.— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) July 31, 2017
According to another report, Scaramucci told Kelly "I don't report to you" to which the General replied "you're gone."
A source says @Scaramucci said I don't report to you and the General said your gone and he is— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) July 31, 2017
The White House had a brief, and polite, statement on the departure: "Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team"
And so, having first lost his now ex-wife to Trump, Scaramucci has also lost Trump himself.
Meanwhile, someone just made an absolute killing on PredicIt, with the contract "Will Anthony Scaramucci's role as WH communications director end in August 2017 or earlier?" surging from 15 cents to 100 in the blink of an eye.
Or, as Trump would say, no chaos at all, just look at the stock market.
Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2017
Finally, with the ouster of Scarmucci, the list of high-ranking personnel fired by Trump rises to 12:
- Sally Yates, the acting attorney general and an appointee of former President Barack Obama, was fired by Trump just ten days after he assumed office. Yates had refused to uphold the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban in January.
- Michael Flynn resigned in February after serving in the position for less than a month. Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about the contents of his phone conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the US. Flynn reportedly discussed the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia with Kislyak prior to Trump assuming office.
- Katie Walsh, the former deputy chief of staff and close ally to chief of staff Reince Priebus left the White House just nine weeks into the job to run America First, a pro-Trump group outside of the government.
- Preet Bharara, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan and ‘Sheriff’ of Wall Street, was fired by Trump in March after Bharara refused to submit a resignation letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
- James Comey, the former FBI durector, was fired by Trump in May.
- Michael Dubke, the former White House communications director, resigned in May. Dubke was replaced by Anthony Scaramucci, the founder of a hedge fund and a top Trump donor. Scaramucci was fired after just 10 days on the job (see below).
- Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, resigned earlier this month after clashing with the White House over Trump’s complicated financial holdings. Shaub called Trump’s administration a “laughingstock,” following his resignation, and advocated for strengthening the US’s ethical and financial disclosure rules, per The New York Times.
- Mark Corralo, spokesman for President Donald Trump's legal team, resigned on July 20 within two months of being on the job.
- Sean Spicer, the embattled former White House press secretary, resigned on July 21 after telling Trump he vehemently disagreed with the selection of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.
- Micheal Short, the former White House press aide, resigned the same day as Spicer, after Scaramucci revealed plans to fire him.
- Reince Priebus, the former White House chief-of-staff, resigned just six months into his tenure after a public feud with Anthony Scaramucci, the White House communications director.
- And now, Anthony Scaramucci, who "resigned" as the new White House Communications Director on July 31, after just 10 days on the job.
Meanwhile, live footage of Sean Spicer:
LIVE: Footage of Sean Spicer pic.twitter.com/pqXhA0LgYM— Chazz Reinhold (@ChazzCapital) July 31, 2017