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UPDATE: What really happened to Anthony Scaramucci

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UPDATE: by HALLIE JACKSON, KRISTEN WELKER and PETER ALEXANDER

Some of the same forces that propelled Anthony Scaramucci to power also hastened his just-as-fast descent, with the now-ex communications director resigning Monday in another sudden staff shakeup.

Two sources close to President Donald Trump said Scaramucci's profane remarks last week to The New Yorker magazine "disgusted" and "offended" some close to the president, including Melania Trump, and — crucially — Ivanka Trump, who had initially advocated for Scaramucci's hiring.

Scaramucci was ousted Monday, the first day on the job for Trump's new chief of staff, the retired Marine general John Kelly.

One source said both Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner supported Kelly and his move to dismiss Scaramucci.

And it wasn't just the expletive-filled interview: Some in the West Wing believe Scaramucci overplayed his hand altogether, believing he could do no wrong in the eyes of the president.

Still, even as late as Sunday evening, Scaramucci told MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle that he believed the fallout from his New Yorker interview would blow over.

It did not.

Instead, Kelly's first order of business Monday morning was to tell Scaramucci in no uncertain terms his services would no longer be needed. Scaramucci had lasted six days, the shortest tenure of a communications director in White House history.

While the White House didn't initially decry Scaramucci's vulgar comments to The New Yorker, by Friday the president was getting an earful from confidantes outside the administration. The blowback built. Even for a president who's no stranger to salty language, Scaramucci's interview, with its f-bombs and anatomical references, apparently came off as too lowbrow.

By mid-morning on Monday, Scaramucci was sacked and Kelly, a 40-year Marine, had conveyed to the rest of the staff that the chain of command now runs through him. Before he took the job, Kelly had solicited assurances that he'd have the autonomy to make critical staffing decisions, according to those familiar with the conversations.

Now, he and the president now have another big decision ahead of them: Who will replace Scaramucci as communications director, essentially the public face of the White House and its message?

While Trump insisted Monday there's no White House chaos, it's worth noting he alone created much of the turbulence: Installing Scaramucci, which triggered Spicer's departure, which preceded chief of staff Reince Priebus' forced resignation, which opened the door for Kelly


PREVIOUS STORY: by AMANDA PROENÇA SANTOS

Anthony Scaramucci became the shortest-serving communications director in White House history after his resignation was announced Monday, as well as the latest Trump administration official to go in a series of high-profile staff shakeups.

Though President Donald Trump appointed Scaramucci to the role 10 days ago, he only held the position for six days thanks to an official start date of July 25.

Prior to Scaramucci, Jack Koehler's term was the shortest. He served for just 11 days under the Reagan administration before news broke that he had belonged to a Nazi youth group as a child, forcing him to step down.

Other brief White House communications director tenures include:

  • Ellen Moran, serving under the Obama administration for three months
  • George Stephanopoulos, serving under the Clinton administration for 138 days
  • Margaret Tutwiler, serving under the George H. W. Bush administration for 150 days
  • David Gergen, serving under the Ford administration for 192 days

Short stints have also become common in the cabinet of a president who as a candidate promised to only "hire the best people."

On February 14, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resignafter reports emerged of his conversations with the Russian ambassador. He was in the office for 23 days, breaking the record for shortest tenure in the position.

On May 30, White House Communications Director Mike Dubke stepped downfrom his post after 86 days.

On July 21, Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned after 183 days, reportedly disagreeing with Trump's appointment of Scaramucci as communications director.

On July 28, Reince Priebus was removed as chief of staff after 189 days, reportedly due in part to congressional Republicans' failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: After less than a week on the job, Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is out, the White House announced on Monday.

The sudden and unexpected departure is just the latest in a series of stunning shakeups in the administration, with new Chief of Staff John Kelly being sworn in on Monday, replacing Reince Priebus, who was pushed out last week.

With just six days on the job, Scaramucci is the shortest-serving communications director in White House history.

Scaramucci shocked political watchers last week when he unleashed a profane tirade against Priebus in an interview with The New Yorker. A source close to the White House told NBC at the time that some in Trump's orbit felt the expletive-filled rant "embarrassing" for the White House.

But Scaramucci had a long standing relationship with Trump, having been previously involved with Trump's 2016 campaign, and the transition to the White House, repeatedly reminding reporters of his loyalty to and "love" for the president.

In a statement, the White House announced, "Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director" and cited the desire to "give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team."

"We wish him all the best," the statement finished.

Scaramucci did not respond to requests for comment.

Trump's White House has been plagued with chaos this summer, facing infighting within the West Wing and legislative failures on Capitol Hill.

But Trump batted back those criticisms Monday, tweeting that there was "no WH chaos!" Hours later, he swore in his new chief of staff, praising him for a "spectacular job" done at the Department of Homeland Security and predicting he would be " one of the great" chiefs of staff in history.

While former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's resignation was tied to Scaramucci's hire, his future plans remain unclear. A "clean slate" was the same reason Spicer gave in explaining his resignation two weeks ago.

Spicer, asked multiple times by NBC what this latest shakeup meant for him, did not respond — only smiled and walked away.

Scaramucci's departure marks the third Communications Director lost by the Trump administration in six months.


PREVIOUS STORY: WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump predicted great things for his new chief of staff, Ret. Gen. John Kelly, who was sworn in Monday as he looks to bring order to a chaotic White House and rack up a few wins for the president.

"General Kelly will do a spectacular job," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as Kelly sat beside him.

Later, during a meeting of his Cabinet, Trump said the retired Marine general "will go down, in terms of the position of chief of staff, one of the great ever."

Kelly is tasked with bringing order to a chaotic and leaky West Wing and re-energizing the administration's flagging agenda in Congress. Those issues had been the responsibility of since-departed Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, whose fate was long considered tied to the success — and, in the end, failure — of White House efforts in the GOP-controlled Congress to repeal and possibly replace Obamacare.

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