President Donald Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, a little more than a week after the former financier was named to the post, the White House said on Monday.
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.
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “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.”
Scaramucci was expected to announce his new communications team Monday afternoon, but he was informed of the decision to remove him that morning. A senior White House aide said the move came after discussions over the weekend. There was “no way” he could work with Kelly, the senior aide said.
“Kelly is already changing the culture here,” said another White House aide.
Scaramucci’s brief tenure brought turmoil to the West Wing, including the exits of press secretary Sean Spicer and former chief of staff Reince Priebus.
His time as communications director seemed to start smoothly, with a friendly on-camera appearance in the White House briefing room. Spicer’s tenure had been marked by combative exchanges with reporters, and the briefings were largely moved off camera until Scaramucci took over.
But Scaramucci quickly ramped up the drama by threatening to fire “everybody” in the White House press office if leaks to reporters did not stop. On Tuesday, he told POLITICO he planned to fire a press aide — but after making the move public, it was delayed until the aide, Michael Short, resigned later that day.
Scaramucci also was widely criticized for a profanity-laced tirade last week in a conversation with a New Yorker reporter.
Trump, however, had denied the reports of disorder in the West Wing. “No WH chaos!” he tweeted on Monday morning.
Josh Dawsey and Theodoric Meyer contributed to this report.