Anthony Scaramucci, the foulmouthed New York celebrity investor who was named Donald Trump’s press secretary just ten days ago, is already being pushed out.
The New York Times reports that three White House officials “close to the decision” have confirmed the story. “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,” they say. “Mr. Kelly made clear to members of the White House staff at a meeting Monday morning that he is in charge.”
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. 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,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
OVERHEARD: Collective gasps followed by a smattering of laughter in the Senate press gallery as the Mooch news broke.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 31, 2017
During his brief tenure, Scaramucci had managed to stoke controversy by deleting old tweets, pushing chief of staff Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer out of the administration, delivering a foul-mouthed rant about Steve Bannon to Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, and more. Scaramucci’s wife reportedly filed for divorce out of disgust at his simpering Trump boosterism.
Anthony Scaramucci was escorted from White House grounds today after ouster, per source familiar with the scene
— Jackie Alemany (@JaxAlemany) July 31, 2017
Having served just six days in the job, Scaramucci now becomes the shortest-serving press secretary in American history. Ironically, this morning the president tweeted that reports of “chaos” in the White House were fake news.
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
Predictably, Twitter has shown “the Mooch” no mercy since the story broke. As we all watch the Trump administration burn and collapse into the ground like the House of Usher, what else can we do but laugh?
to his credit, Mooch was WH comms director longer than Carly Fiorina was a VP candidate
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) July 31, 2017
Unfortunately for the Mooch, the minimum tenure to get invited to the annual WH Comms Directors Reunion is 3 weeks
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 31, 2017
I didn’t just imagine The Mooch, did I? You guys saw him too, right?
— Tim Siedell (@badbanana) July 31, 2017
SNL writers respond the Trump firing the Mooch before the season starts. pic.twitter.com/A34X2AXhvo
— PoliticalGroove (@PoliticalGroove) July 31, 2017
If anyone from the @nypost follows me: If your headline tomorrow isn’t “Trump Screws the Mooch” I’ll be very disappointed in you.
— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) July 31, 2017
The Mooch’s replacement has just been announced. pic.twitter.com/0sc0iJxk7z
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) July 31, 2017
Scaramucci’s *official start date* as WH Communications Director was August 15th.
It’s July 31st.
That’s gotta be some kind of record.
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) July 31, 2017
Jared Kushner pushed to get Mr. Scaramucci as WH Communications Director. His removal shows Kushner’s advice has repeatedly been really bad. https://t.co/ZVgBsNGKAW
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 31, 2017
Next up for WH Communications Director . . . the drummer in Spinal Tap.
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) July 31, 2017
Of course, not everyone was taking the news so well. At least one alt-right sh*tlord was discernibly downbeat about the news.
The loss of Mooch is devasting for reasons I can’t go into. He was going to run next generation media strategy. No way to spin, this is bad.
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) July 31, 2017
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