Newly minted White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is taking the dysfunction of the administration’s inner circle head on, calling out those who have failed to serve the president honorably and promising a complete review of the White House’s communications team.
“You have a one-in-a-million, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve the country and president of the United States, and you need to serve honorably. If you can’t do that, I have the stomach and backbone to fire you,” Scaramucci told Fox News.
Former press assistant Michael Short resigned yesterday in what the press initially portrayed as a firing with no warning.
“I got rid of somebody inside the staff because somebody above my ranks suggested that person needed to be fired. I didn’t want to fire him as much as we wanted to give him the opportunity to resign. I talked to him last night, by phone, and I said I’m here to help you find another job,” Scaramucci told CNN.
“I’d tell people to stay tough. The president likes tough people, likes fighters,” he said. “I think the president is trying to signal to people that I need your advocacy. If you’re doing things you’d don’t like I’m going to express that.”
Last week, press secretary Sean Spicer reportedly resigned due to the hiring of Scaramucci, the explanation being that Spicer felt Scaramucci was not qualified.
In a separate story, the Attorney General’s office has announced it will be conducting a criminal investigation into White House leaks.