Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director

Posted at 2:43 PM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 15:46:50-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 10 days on the job.

His ouster was announced hours after President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, was sworn into office.

In a statement, the White House said the move was to give Kelly a “clean slate”:

“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.”

Scaramucci has been in the spotlight since he was first announced as communications director earlier this month.

The New Yorker magazine published an interview last week in which Scaramucci went on a profanity-laden tirade against Reince Priebus, then chief of staff.

Kelly, a retired general and previous Homeland Security secretary, was sworn into his new job Monday morning. During the ceremony, Trump denied there is “chaos” in the White House, despite a particularly tumultuous stretch, and said things are going “very well.”