Marine Gen. John Kelly boldly takes charge as White House Chief of Staff: Ousts Anthony Scaramucci
Scaramucci had been White House Communications Director for less than two weeksIn this 2013 photo, U.S. Southern Command, Commander Gen. John F. Kelly briefs the media on the current state of USSOUTHCOM affairs, March 20, 2013. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)
Anthony Scaramucci, who turned heads with attention-drawing statements after he was named the new White House communications director, has been ousted by President Donald Trump just 10 days after being named to the post.
Scaramucci drew criticism after a profane interview he gave to the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, titled: “Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon.” He also compared the battle to repeal Obamacare to President Abraham Lincoln’s abolition of slavery.
The White House reportedly said Scaramucci is out in order to give the new chief of staff a “clean slate.”
Trump just Monday morning tweeted there was “no WH [White House] chaos.”
The order to remove Scaramucci reportedly comes directly from Gen. John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, according to reports.
“The decision to remove Scaramucci, who had boasted about reporting directly to the president, not the chief of staff, […] came at Kelly’s request,” The New York Times reported, citing “three people close to the decision” as its source.
“Kelly made clear to members of the White House staff at a meeting Monday morning that he is in charge,” the Times reported.
Kelly just this week replaced Reince Priebus, Trump’s former chief of staff.
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned not long after Scaramucci was named to his post, saying he did not agree with Trump on the appointment.
Of course, Twitter exploded with opinions after the announcement about Scaramucci on Monday.
Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci
(July 2017 – July 2017) pic.twitter.com/1XjFsgFi0w
— Troy Osinoff (@yo) July 31, 2017
The GIF game was strong.
Priebus to Scaramucci at the bar tonight pic.twitter.com/wxV9v2tzZQ
— Ira Madison III (@ira) July 31, 2017
Users commented on Scaramucci’s short-lived tenure at the White House.
Comedian Tiernan Douieb weighed in on how much Scaramucci seemingly accomplished in just 10 days.
YouTube personality Phil DeFranco tweeted a Big Brother reference.
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) July 31, 2017
One Twitter user referenced the New York Post’s “Survivor”-themed recent cover, crossing out the two recent ousted officials.
And BuzzFeed gave a helpful recap of who has come and gone at the White House in just one month.
As did NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander.