Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 7:39 PM EDT
WASHINGTON — Gen. John Kelly reported for duty Monday as the— and left no doubt that he is in command.
His first order of business was, just 10 days after he was named communications director, and three days after Scaramucci won a power struggle with — forcing his ouster as chief of staff.
So far in the Trump presidency, there have been nearly half as many firings at the White House as in an average season of “The Apprentice.” Scaramucci is the seventh senior White House official to be ousted.
“I love the president. I love the team. I’m a super optimistic guy,” Scaramucci said on his first day on the job as White House communications director.
Five days later, his tone had changed — dramatically. In a, he attacked Priebus, using a vulgar word to call him a “paranoid schizophrenic.”
Those comments have now come back to haunt him.
“The president thought Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for a person in that position,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.
Scaramucci was fired by the president at the urging of Kelly, a four-star Marine Corps general who was brought in to instill discipline to a White House suffering from months of chaos and internal warfare. Kelly, who served as secretary of Homeland Security, is a favorite of the president and was effusively praised by him in a Cabinet meeting Monday.
“I predict Gen. Kelly will go down — in terms of the position as chief of staff — one of the great ever,” said Mr. Trump, who insisted on Twitter Monday that there was no White House chaos.
Up to this point, there have been at least three competing power centers at the White House. One led by Priebus, another by chief strategist Steve Bannon, and a third that included the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his wife, Ivanka Trump. All of them reported independently to the president. It’s a management style Mr. Trump has used for decades, and long-time aides have insisted he will never change.