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Sandro Rosell
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

President Donald Trump on Monday abruptly fired Anthony Scaramucci as his communications director, just over a week after the New York financier started work in the key White House post.

Trump ousted the 53-year-old Scaramucci at the request of new White House chief of staff John Kelly, officials told U.S. news outlets.

The White House officially announced that Scaramucci was leaving in order to give Kelly a "clean slate" to run day-to-day operations of the White House staff.

Scaramucci was little known to the American public before arriving on the Washington political scene in mid-July.

He quickly made national headlines with a vulgar, sexually suggestive rant to a correspondent for The New Yorker, which the magazine published last week.

Scaramucci railed against two of Trump's key White House aides: Reince Priebus, whom Trump fired as chief of staff on Friday and replaced with Kelly, and the president's chief strategist, Stephen Bannon.

Scaramucci's firing came just hours after Kelly assumed his new post. Trump praised the retired Marine Corps general's record during six months running the U.S. Homeland Security Administration, where he pushed for tough enforcement of laws against illegal immigration into the U.S.

Just last week, appearing on Fox News Sunday, Scaramucci pledged to begin "an era of a new good feeling" and said he hopes to "create a more positive mojo." He also promised to crack down on information leaks and pledged to better focus the message coming from the White House.

To that end, Scaramucci suggested changes to come, noting: "I have in my pocket a radio studio, a television studio, and a movie studio. The entire world has changed; we need to rethink the way we're delivering our information."

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned in protest over Scaramucci's appointment. He was replaced by his former deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The challenges for Scaramucci's new role were evident in a series of interviews, where he discussed his plans for press strategy, but was beset by questions about the Russia investigation and the president's Twitter feed.

Asked about the response to the Russia stories, Scaramucci said on Fox that a "two-pronged approach" was needed, saying that "in some ways we want to deescalate things and have there be a level of diplomacy. In other ways, we want it to be very hard-hitting and war-like."

The president believes he is his own best spokesman, frequently opting to directly speak to the public via Twitter. Asked about the president's tweets about the investigation on CBS' "Face the Nation", Scaramucci said he would not get in the way.

"That's the crystal essence of the president. And so some of you guys in the media think it's not helpful. But if he thinks it's helpful to him, let him do it," Scaramucci said.

He also said on CNN's "State of the Union" that "we're going to — we're going to defend him very, very aggressively when there's nonsensical stuff being said about him. And he will probably dial back some of those tweets."

Scaramucci also said on CNN that an unnamed person told him that "if the Russians actually hacked this situation and spilled out those e-mails, you would have never seen it."

He then quickly said he was quoting the president, adding that "he basically said to me, hey, you know, this is — maybe they did it. Maybe they didn't do it."

By: Ken Bredemeier