WASHINGTON — Anthony Scaramucci was ousted Monday as White House communications adviser 10 tumultuous days after his hiring during which he vowed to plug leaks through mass firings.
Scaramucci’s very short stint saw the departures of several senior staff with whom he clashed: Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and top press aide Michael Short.
It also included an interview with The New Yorker, in which Scaramucci used vulgar language to disparage Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon.
The former Manhasset financier had noted repeatedly — and proudly — that he reported directly to President Donald Trump and did not answer to Priebus.
And he won’t be answering to the new Chief of Staff John Kelly, who was sworn in Monday.
“The president certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for a person in that position,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “and he didn’t want to burden General Kelly, also,” with that chain of command.
“General Kelly has the full authority to operate within the White House, and all staff will report to him,” she said.
White House officials have not discussed who might replace Scaramucci, who was the second to hold the communications director post in the Trump administration.
Later Monday, Sanders indicated that Scaramucci, a Trump campaign surrogate, had been dismissed from the administration altogether and “does not have a role at this time.”
Scaramucci, like Trump, is a prolific tweeter, but his account was quiet as of Monday evening.
Scaramucci, raised in Port Washington, did not respond to requests for comment on his ouster.
The latest of several recent dismissals to shake up Trump’s West Wing came just after the president sought with a morning tweet to highlight the gains of his time in office, including stock market highs and unemployment lows, and insisted: “No WH chaos!”
In the evening, Trump tweeted: “A great day at the White House!”
Kelly, a retired four-star general who was Trump’s secretary of homeland security, was sworn in Monday morning as chief of staff and attended his first Cabinet meeting at the White House.
The president sounded a note of faith in Kelly and noted that his time and work with the administration had been drama-free.
“He will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt, as chief of staff,” Trump said. “What he’s done in terms of homeland security is record-shattering, if you look at the border, you look at the tremendous results we’ve had, and you look at the spirit. And with a very controversial situation, there’s been very little controversy, which is pretty amazing by itself.”
The White House statement confirming Scaramucci’s departure announced a “clean slate” for Kelly and the administration, using similar language as the announcement of Spicer’s resignation on July 21.
That same day, Scaramucci had taken the podium in the White House briefing room to make a colorful introduction of himself to the national press, denouncing “media bias” and saying he loves the president.
He declared to reporters a couple days after that his first task would be purging the administration of leakers to the press. “I’m going to fire everybody — that’s how,” he told reporters of his methodology.
He tweeted — then deleted — a post that appeared to call for a probe into Priebus.
“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45,” Scaramucci had written.
In The New Yorker, Scaramucci called Priebus a “[expletive] paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.”
Sanders would not speak Monday to whether Kelly had forced out Scaramucci, as reported in The New York Times, which first reported that Scaramucci was out.
She said Scaramucci and Kelly had come to a “mutual agreement,” but criticized palace intrigue reporting.
“What matters most to us is not who’s employed in the White House, but who’s employed in the rest of the country,” Sanders said.
Scaramucci had not yet been sworn in as communications director.
July 21 — President Trump shakes up his senior team installing financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director. White House press secretary Sean Spicer subsequently resigns.
July 22 — Scaramucci says he is deleting old tweets, saying his views have evolved and that what he said in the past shouldn’t be a distraction. Some of the tweets were at odds with Trump’s views. Politico posts a story about Scaramucci’s financial disclosure forms.
July 27 — In a CNN interview, Scaramucci angrily dares White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to deny he’s the “leaker” behind the Politico story, even though the disclosure forms are publicly available. Later, the New Yorker reports on an expletive-laced interview with Scaramucci during which he disparaged Priebus and Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist.
July 28 -- Trump ousts Priebus, replacing him with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired Marine general.
July 31 -- Scaramucci is removed as communications director.