The White House said Scaramucci wanted to give John Kelly a clean slate
In this July 21, 2017 photo, incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci points as he answers questions from members of the media during the press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington. photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
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WASHINGTON – Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job — and just hours after former Gen. John Kelly took over as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff. Hoping to turn the page on a tumultuous opening chapter to his presidency, Trump had insisted earlier Monday that there was "no chaos" in his White House as he swore in the retired Marine general as his second chief of staff.
Not long after, Scaramucci, who shocked many with his profane outburst last week against then-chief of staff Reince Priebus, was gone. In the words of the White House announcement, he was leaving because he "felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team." The three-sentence release concluded, "We wish him all the best." The statement about Scaramucci's departure used the same "clean slate" language that departing press secretary Sean Spicer used to describe his own reason for resigning the day Trump brought Scaramucci aboard.
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