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Trump's potty-mouthed comms director Scaramucci gets the boot

01 Agosto 2017, 11:36 | Bibiana Flor

Trump's potty-mouthed comms director Scaramucci gets the boot

Newly sworn-in White House Chief of Staff John Kelly looks on in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC

Retired Gen. John Kelly gets sworn in before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during their first hearing to examine whether or not they will confirm President-elect Donald Trumps nomination of Gen. Kelly to be Secretary of Homeland Security at the U.S. Capitol on January 10, 2017 in Washington.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged on Monday that Trump found Scaramucci's coarse descriptions of Priebus and Bannon unacceptable.

While Kelly's objection was the decisive factor in Scaramucci's departure, people close to the decision said that Trump had quickly soured on the wisecracking, Long Island, New York-bred former hedge fund manager, and so had his family. In Trump's mind, his new communications director's profile had become outsized.

Sean Spicer used the same "clean slate" language to explain his resignation as press secretary on the day of Scaramucci's appointment.

"The White House is functioning beautifully, despite the hoax made up by the Democrats", he told Reuters. Ironically, Spicer is still working at the White House, because he offered to stay on until August 15 to smooth the transition.

Presidential historians agree that how much power the president is willing to cede to his new chief of staff will determine how functional the White House can be.

In just the last two weeks, he's changed both his communications director and his chief of staff. Flake says his fellow Republicans are in denial about Trump.

"I'm going to fire everybody", Scaramucci said, adding that he had authority from Trump to do so.

Trevor Noah pointed out that Scaramucci was to Trump what Trump is to most of the United States.

The sudden departure dominated Monday's press briefing. There are an terrible lot of jobs to fill in this White House, and Kelly can and should create even more openings.

"The president firmly felt that Anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position", Sanders remarked.

The former White House communications director, who had taken to calling himself "the Mooch", made himself into a liability worth cutting loose after he went on an R-rated tirade to a New Yorker reporter. "The president wanted to go in a different direction", Reince Priebus told CNN on Friday, after he was driven out as Trump's chief of staff and replaced by Kelly.

Scaramucci's allies floated the idea of Scaramucci returning to his chief strategy officer post at the Export-Import Bank, but Sanders said he "does not have a role at this time" with the Trump administration. He took a look back at some of Priebus' finer moments in office, including the times he flattered Trump in a Cabinet meeting and fought relentlessly about the size of the president's inauguration crowd, as well as the time the president reportedly asked him to kill a fly in the Oval Office.

He unleashed an expletive-laden screed that lambasted the top White House officials, from Priebus, a real "paranoiac", to Steve Bannon, whom Scaramucci accused of being a narcissist.

That process validated claims that the White House needed help with communications, and the president moved to fix that problem by hiring Anthony Scaramucci as director of communications, filling a slot that had been vacant since early June.

The day after Scaramucci's published vow to have Priebus fired, the White House chief of staff indeed was removed from his job. Trump is unable to control his staffers. It's worth noting that most other firms had found Trump's approval fell below 40 percent long ago and that his average approval rating has typically been below that benchmark. The best possible Trump administration might be a lot better than what we've seen to date, but it's never going to be good, and some of the damage already done (and time already wasted) can't be wished away.



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