August 1, 2017

8-1-2017 “A Clean Slate” Scaramucci departure Nuggets…|Vox|

  • Anthony Scaramucci lasted only 10 days as White House communications director. [Vox / Andrew Prokop]
  • If you’re feeling like you’ve suffered political whiplash, you’re not alone. The Trump administration is losing people left and right; Scaramucci’s predecessor Sean Spicer resigned 10 days ago in protest of Scaramucci’s appointment, and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus departed on Friday night. [NYT / Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman]
  • Not to mention, as Scaramucci was promising to crack down on leakers, he spoke with the press about his plans to fire assistant press secretary Michael Short. Short quickly resigned. [Politico / Tara Palmeri]
  • Ultimately, Scaramucci’s obsession with getting rid of leakers, combined with his colorful language, was his downfall.
  • Just a few days into his tenure, he called reporter Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker to grill him in an attempt to find out who was leaking from the White House. [New Yorker / Ryan Lizza]
  • What followed was an profanity-laced tirade against other White House officials, in which Scaramucci promised to fire the entire White House staff, called former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus “a fucking paranoid schizophrenic,” and said he wanted to “kill” leakers (among other things). [New Yorker / Ryan Lizza]
  • Just a few days after the New Yorker interview, Priebus resigned. [NYT / Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker]
  • Apparently, Scaramucci’s language and attitude didn’t fly with brand new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the former Department of Homeland Security secretary and a Marine general. (The official line from the White House has been that Scaramucci left to give Kelly a chance to build his own staff.) [Associated Press / Catherine Luce]
  • Scaramucci’s personal life appears to be in shambles as well; his wife is reportedly divorcing him because of his political ambition and because she so intensely dislikes Trump. [Page Six / Emily Smith]
  • Scaramucci’s departure technically happened before his official start date of August 15, and his 10-day-total tenure was far shorter than Spicer’s. [Vox / Carly Sitrin]
  • It remains to be seen if Kelly can corral the rest of the White House. Given Trump’s love for drama and infighting, it’s going to be a difficult job. [Vox / Dara Lind]


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