Monday afternoon, ten days after Anthony Scaramucci came on board as the new White House Communications Director, he was abruptly gone. Mooch, we hardly knew ye!
The move reportedly comes at the direction of Trump’s new Chief of Staff, General John F. Kelly, who made clear at a “Board Room” meeting with Cabinet members Monday morning that he was now running the show. It wasn’t entirely unexpected that Kelly’s first victim would be the foul-mouthed Scaramucci, although perhaps none expected it so soon.
And in true Shakespearean fashion, the drama of Anthony Scaramucci left a scorched trail in its wake. “The Mooch,” having already debased himself by reversing every position he ever held on Trump, Clinton, and politics in general in order to secure the job he’d been jockeying for since January, is now left in the hole he’s dug. His marriage is ending, reportedly over his “naked political ambition” and the fact that his soon-to-be ex cannot stand Donald Trump.
But perhaps the worst thing about the entire affair for Scaramucci is the fact that he will now be unable to ever speak ill of Trump or his time in the White House. Like anyone who gets in bed with this president, Scaramucci undoubtedly signed the infamous non-disclosure agreement preventing him from ever saying anything bad about Trump or anyone in the Trump family to anyone, ever, for the rest of his life.
Just as we learned of the lack of sympathy fellow Republicans had for the unceremoniously 86’ed Reince Priebus, surely we will soon be inundated with accounts of poor Scaramucci as the tragic clown Canio in Pagliacci. The official statement from the woman who will surely end up in his old job came just as I was sitting down to deliver this article to you, the faithful readers of this unfolding misadventure:
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.”
Per Huckabee-Sanders, Scaramucci has “no further role” at the White House, so this was not a lateral movement. The Mooch is gone for good.
The president certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for a person in that position…All staff will report to [General Kelly].”
Asked about the discrepancy between the official statement Sanders issued earlier (that it was Scaramucci’s decision to leave) and the apparently contradictory statement that Trump didn’t like Scaramucci’s comments, the spokeswoman said that she didn’t see the two things as “mutually exclusive.”
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