Ten days after the announcement of his appointment, Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director.
Scaramucci, whose role formally began only last Wednesday, July 26, dominated the headlines in the short amount of time he was in the position.
Here’s what led to his resignation Monday:
Scaramucci accepted President Donald Trump’s offer of the position of White House communications director, replacing Mike Dubke, who resigned in May only three months after being hired.
In a statement, Trump said Scaramucci was someone “he had great respect for.”
“He has been a great supporter and will now help implement key aspects of our agenda while leading the communications team,” Trump’s statement read.
Scaramucci’s hiring caught senior members of the White House staff off guard, including press secretary Sean Spicer and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who were unaware that Scaramucci was being considered for the post, senior White House sources told ABC News at the time. Spicer resigned just hours after the announcement, later telling ABC News he was feeling “relieved” and believed his resignation would give the team a “fresh start.”
During the Friday on-camera briefing, Scaramucci attempted to put to rest any rumors of tensions with Priebus, saying that he had a longstanding relationship with him.
“There’s been some speculation in the press about me and Reince so I just want to talk about that very quickly. Reince and I have been personal friends for six years. We are a little bit like brothers where we rough each other up once in a while, which is totally normal for brothers,” Scaramucci said.
Scaramucci also apologized for comments he made about Trump during an appearance on Fox Business in 2015, including calling him a “hack politician” and saying “I don’t like the way he talks about women.”
“One of the biggest mistakes that I made because I was an unexperienced person in the world of politics, I was supporting the other candidate,” Scaramucci said at the briefing. “I should have never said that about him.”
Just a day after accepting the job, Scaramucci went on a Twitter cleaning spree, deleting old tweets that he claimed “shouldn’t be a distraction.”
Most of the tweets the prominent Wall Street financier deleted revolved around his opposing views to Trump on gun rights and immigration.
Scaramucci tweeted multiple times about increasing gun control in the U.S. In August 2012,…