BY BEN MARQUIS
Retired Marine General John Kelly was sworn-in as the new White House Chief of Staff on Monday, having transferred over from his post overseeing the Department of Homeland Security. He has apparently wasted no time in whipping the president’s staff into shape with one key move.
The New York Post reported that White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was let go by the administration just hours after Kelly assumed his new role.
The firing came less than two weeks after Scaramucci had taken the job as communications director and just days after it was reported that he had disparaged former chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House adviser Steve Bannon in an obscenity-laced rant to a reporter for the New Yorker.
According to The New York Times, the ousting of Scaramucci came at the urging of Kelly, as per three unnamed sources purportedly with knowledge of the decision.
The Times reported that Scaramucci had bragged about his ability to report directly to the president and not have to go through normal channels like the chief of staff. However, Kelly made it crystal clear to White House staffers on his first day that he would be the one in charge.
It remained unclear at this time if Scaramucci would simply be moved to another role within the White House administration, or if he was out of the president’s circle entirely.
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House communications director,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, according to Business Insider. “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’s incredibly brief 10-day tenure as communications director was a whirlwind of turmoil, resulting in the resignations of former press secretary Sean Spicer, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and assistant press secretary Michael Short, all suspected by Scaramucci as being potential leakers.
President Donald Trump may claim that there is no chaos in the White House, and going forward under Kelly that may indeed be true. But things sure look rather chaotic from an outsider perspective.
Then again, nearly the entirety of what can only be described as the Trump phenomenon over the past two years has seemingly been a lesson in controlled chaos, so this latest rumble is really nothing more than par for the course.
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