After a mere 10 days as the incoming White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci exited President Trump’s Cabinet on Monday.
“(Scaramucci) does not have a role at this time in the Trump Administration,” said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a White House briefing.
The White House released a statement regarding Scaramucci’s removal prior to the press conference, which read: “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.”
While the statement confirmed the Trump adviser’s departure, it did not offer a concrete explanation as to what exactly caused him to leave. Speculation points to the drama Scaramucci kept stirring with his brash attitude during his brief tenure.
According to Huckabee Sanders, Trump was not happy with Scaramucci’s damning, profanity-laden comments to the New Yorker published Thursday about his White House colleagues. Sanders said the president considered Scaramucci’s comments “inappropriate for a person in that position.”
NBC News sources also said that some of President Trump’s family members, namely wife Melania and daughter Ivanka, were “disgusted” and “offended” by the New York financier’s remarks.
White House Chief of Staff, former Homeland Security chief and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, sworn in Monday morning reportedly requested Scaramucci’s removal in an effort to restore order to an otherwise chaotic Oval Office, a move supported by Ivanka and husband Jared Kusher.
Reporters at the briefing pushed for details on the matter to no avail.
Huckabee Sanders remained tight-lipped and refused to confirm whether Scaramucci was fired by President Trump or Gen. Kelly, or voluntarily resigned from his West Wing position.
Trying to lift the spirits of his White House staff and appease rumors of turmoil, President Trump tweeted Monday afternoon that it was, “A great day at the White House!”
On Monday morning, Trump had tweeted the following:
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
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