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Trump fires Scaramucci as White House communications director

Anthony Scaramucci is third ranking White House official fired in a week.
Anthony Scaramucci has already had a rocky start in his new role at the White House. (Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has reportedly decided to boot Anthony Scaramucci from his role as White House communications director after just 10 days on the job.

The news comes two days after the ex-Wall Street financier gave a curse-filled interview to the New Yorker in which he railed against other senior White House officials.

Three unnamed sources described as “close to the decision” confirmed Trump’s decision to remove Scaramucci from the job on Monday, The New York Times reported.

Scaramucci is the third high-level staffer to resign or be removed from office — former Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned on July 21 and ex-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus resigned on Friday.

The latest White House shakeup ousting Scaramucci reportedly came at the request of Gen. John Kelly, the Trump administration’s former secretary of homeland security who was named the chief of staff following Priebus’s departure on July 28. Kelly, who was sworn into his new chief of staff position on Monday, has been recognized for his organized and disciplined management style.

At this point, Scaramucci is not being offered another position within the administration, but Scaramucci’s short tenure has been marred by sensational stories. The multi-millionaire businessman’s wife of three years, Deidre Ball, filed for divorce three weeks ago as she was nine months pregnant with the couple’s second child. Scaramucci’s “naked political ambition” to work for Trump in the White House was reportedly a factor in Ball’s decision to file for divorce.

In a profanity-laced interview published Thursday by the New Yorker, Scaramucci demanded a reporter reveal his White House sources and threatened to fire the entire White House communications department. He also called Preibus a “f—king paranoid schizophrenic,” as he embarked on a seemingly paranoid rant of his own that White House staffers were “plotting against him.”

"The president certainly felt that his comments were in appropriate for a person in that position," Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a press briefing Monday.

The White House is expected to brief the press after the president presents the Medal of Honor. Watch the live stream below.

 
 
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