President Donald Trump has tossed Anthony Scaramucci as his communications director less than two weeks after assigning him to that position, according to a terse statement released by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. 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,” the statement said.
A defining moment in Scaramucci's brief tenure as the White House communications director came when he phoned a reporter for the New Yorker. In that phone call, which he did not put on background or make off-the-record, Scaramucci expressed his distaste for then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and presidential adviser Steve Bannon. He did so using language and verbal images that were vulgar and obscene--and which the New Yorker reported.
[This story has been updated.]