Trump’s communications director began his tenure with an air-kiss to the White House press corps. Less than two weeks later, he was dumped
Anthony Scaramucci’s tenure as White House communications director was as short as a four-letter word and just as shocking.
His stint began with such promise: an appearance in the briefing room where he repeatedly declared his love for the president and parted with an air-kiss to the White House press corps. A summer’s fling, it was over almost before it had begun.
Scaramucci, loyal and telegenic but lacking a traditional communications background, was named White House communication director, a move that immediately prompted the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer.
Ever the showman, Scaramucci smiled and charmed from behind the lectern as reporters peppered him with questions. But he was only ever performing for an audience of one, a president with a predilection for plot twists.
At the press briefing, his first appearance before reporters outlined a familiar strategy: let Trump be Trump.
“I think it’s super important for us to let him express his personality,” Scaramucci explained.
In a statement, Trump praised Scaramucci: “Anthony is a person I have great respect for, and he will be an important addition to this administration. He has been a great supporter and will now help implement key aspects of our agenda while leading the communications team.”
Before pledging to Make America Great Again, Scaramucci had a different view of Trump. The Mooch spent his first Saturday on the job cleaning up his Twitter feed to remove historic tweets critical of the president and his agenda.
“He’s gonna be president of, you can tell Donald I said this: the Queens County Bullies Association,” Scaramucci once said during a segment on Fox Business in August 2015. “You are an inherited-money dude from Queens County. Bring it.”
Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017
The Mooch showed off his charm on the Sunday morning shows. He promised a witch-hunt to root out “leakers” and said anyone found to be sharing unauthorized information with the press would be fired.
“We are strong as our weakest link,” Scaramucci said on CBS Face the Nation. “And I’ll say it a little differently in a pun. We’re strong as our weakest leak.”