Holy moly, the Mooch is out. After only 10 days, news broke that President Donald Trump ousted the brand-spanking, one-week-old Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. However, the question remains… why?
Bringing in Scaramucci caused enough drama as it was. With his arrival, Press Secretary Sean Spicer departed the White House immediately. After only a few days, Scaramucci went off in a psychotic rant to a New Yorker reporter in which he called Chief of Staff Reince Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic,” said Steve Bannon self-fellated his own member, and said he wanted to kill all the leakers on the communications team. Priebus resigned the next day. Bannon remained mum, and Trump brought in new Chief of Staff John Kelly.
After allowing all that to happen and losing members of the team that had been with the Trump administration before it was ever an administration, what happened?
Really, it could not have been the profanity-laced tirade he went on simply because it was reported Trump LOVED it. Axios reported they were told the president absolutely loved it because he loves individuals with a backbone, something Scaramucci was definitely showing a lot of.
The person not loving it, however, was the new chief of staff. POLITICO reported:
‘The change came at the request of new chief of staff John Kelly, who started Monday, two White House officials said. It was not clear whether Scaramucci would take on a new role after leaving the communications job, nor was it immediately clear who would take over the position.’
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed this in a statement:
‘Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as a 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.’
The news was unexpected, considering Scaramucci was intending to announce his new White House communications team.
The irony of all this is the fact that Kelly is the one who convinced the president to fire Scaramucci. Scaramucci came in blazing. He went off and caused the old chief of staff to resign. A new chief of staff was brought in almost immediately. New chief of staff fired Scaramucci.
We can only imagine Priebus right now is drinking a beer and grinning like a jackass.
Kelly’s move came after news pundits postulated that Kelly will bring more discipline to the administration. The New York Times reported:
‘He (Kelly) told aides gathered in early-morning staff meetings that he intended to impose a new sense of order and operational discipline that had been absent under his predecessor.’
One problem still exists though. Can Kelly really control President Donald Trump? Can he actually rein the man in and curb his tendency to run to Twitter to tweet policy, threats, criticisms of other world powers, and talk smack? Kelly may have his work cut out for him in that department, considering no one puts Donnie in a corner. He’s the star of the White House circus show, and he likes it that way. Kelly may be able to get everyone else under control, but if their messaging differs from the president’s messaging, it will still look like a white fun house.
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