As the dumpster fire continues to swirl around the White House’s latest removal of White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci — just ten days after he was assigned the job — one emerging narrative from the White House is that he stepped aside on his own. But during a press conference this Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders implied that Scaramucci was fired due to his “inappropriate” language.
“The president certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate,” Sanders said during the on-camera press briefing.
But Sanders’ claim seems to contradict an earlier report from The Daily Beast this Thursday which cited sources inside the White House that said Trump was actually “revelling in Scaramucci’s campaign against [Reince Priebus],” referring to a profanity-laden interview Scaramucci gave to The New Yorker where he slammed former White House chief of staff.
“The president specifically gave [Scaramucci] the green light to go after Reince,” a White House adviser reportedly told the Beast.
Scaramucci himself claimed that he had secured Trump’s “blessing” for his words and actions in a phone call with the president prior to a Thursday morning CNN interview.
The “president is not concerned with Reince’s feelings,” the source added. However, Trump has no interest in personally firing Priebus at this time, preferring to delegate abuse of his own chief of staff—who Trump has been frustrated with for months—to his new comms czar nicknamed “The Mooch.”
But now we’re supposed to believe that Scaramucci’s language was so shocking to Trump & Co. that they had no choice but to remove him. When asked if Scaramucci’s removal had anything to do with the New Yorker interview, Sanders replied:
“The President certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for a person in that position,” adding that new White House chief of staff John Kelly “has the full authority to operate within the White House and all staff will report to him.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Scaramucci: “The president certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate” https://t.co/Tza1q3EOzr
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