Sources said Trump’s tweet Monday recalled a little-known truth: Although Scaramucci was dismissed after disparaging other senior officials in a profane interview, he was on the verge of being fired anyhow.
“The dirty secret was the interview escalated it. The reality was [other] things, that’s where [White House chief of staff John] Kelly lost his shit,” a source familiar with Scaramucci’s termination said. “Everyone in the press watched the expletive-laced tirade and no one went, ‘What else caused it?’”
Kelly, whose first official day as chief of staff was July 31, made firing Scaramucci one of his first official acts. Kelly replaced former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who had been ousted as chief of staff a few days earlier.
Scaramucci’s gravest human resources sin featured telling a female White House official that he heard she was sleeping with a more senior male official, many sources said.
The allegation was widely viewed by sources as “gross” and a clear attempt to intimidate and humiliate the woman.
Well, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired Anthony Scaramucci, and the Mooch still ain’t happy about it.
So why do I run this video when it’s obviously, despite what Scaramucci says, part retribution? Because the Mooch makes some good points. First, it’s interesting that he still talks to President Trump, at least according to Scaramucci. And second, he makes the great point that Kelly’s quest for “order” has come at a price. Trump, especially once Hope Hicks leaves, will have few genuine loyalists around. Peers like Scaramucci and Steve Bannon, whom he could pal around with during the day, are gone. It’s not a great environment for a president who cares about his environment, which is probably why he’s spending so much time these days in the residence.
And the Mooch has a point that he got shoved out the door for a few choice words to a journalist while Rob Porter was allowed to hang around until an actual photo of one of the women he abused emerged.
Also, as a New Yorker, I love hearing these two New Yorkers talk to each other. I mean, waddaya want?
Well, that didn’t take long. Anthony Scaramucci is out. Looks like newly installed White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly wasn’t having any of that nonsense around. And neither was President Trump, who was smart to quickly reverse his mistake.
Oh, and he was a liberal Democrat.
Frome White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as 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.
It’s significant that the announcement came from the press secretary and not the president. Trump was obviously furious with Scaramucci for the incredibly stupid, vile, and strange things he said to reporter Ryan Lizza, who frankly did the country a service by choosing to publish what the Mooch told him instead of holding onto it in order to keep a highly placed source, which some reporters would have done.
He was Uriah Heep, unctuously ingratiating himself with the president by trying to say all the things he knew Trump wanted to hear, like firing everyone who leaked. And now he can go peddle his obsequiousness and strangeness to someone else.
You know, maybe more like Cain and Abel than the Bee Gees. From an interview White House Communications Director did this morning with CNN:
If you want to talk about the chief of staff, we have had odds, we have had differences. When I said we were brothers, from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel, other brothers can fight with each other and then get along. I don’t know if this is repairable or not — that will be up to the president.
Cain, as you may remember from Sunday school, murdered Abel.
In a tweet Wednesday night, Scaramucci appeared to be suggesting that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus may have been involved in leaking his financial disclosure form to Politico.
“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 tweeted.
Here’s the whole interview. It’s, uh, pretty good TV.
A. They’re going to get fired. I’m just gonna make it very, very clear . . . If you’re gonna keep leaking, I’m gonna fire everybody. It’s just very binary.
Sounds reasonable. And no, I’m not insulting him, a former Wall Street guy I know says they all call him “Mooch.”
I love when these terms that business people like to use pop up. What’s “very binary?” I thought that was like some kind of computer thing. Or that it had something to do with mitosis.
Here’s newly installed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci on Face the Nation Sunday. He’s pretty smooth. The “gonna get fired” stuff begins around 1:15. You’ll like it, it’s very binary.