By Roberta Rampton and Ayesha Rascoe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump fired recently hired White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci on Monday for an obscene tirade, sources familiar with the decision said, in the latest personnel shock for six-month administration.
The move, which came just 10 days after the Republican president appointed Scaramucci to the job, took place on the first day on the job for Trump’s new chief of staff, retired Marine Corps General John Kelly, who according to the sources sought to impose order on a target. House divided by factions and gossip.
“There’s a new sheriff in town,” said Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign adviser.
A Republican close to Trump said the president became concerned over the weekend about what to do with Scaramucci, calling his advisers for their opinion, who told him the harsh-talking aide had to go.
Trump was upset by Scaramucci’s lewd comments to The New Yorker magazine published last Thursday and how the abrasive New York financier seemed to inflate the strength of their friendship as he had started the 2016 presidential election cycle as a fundraiser for two rivals of Trump, Scott. Walker and Jeb Bush.
Trump decided it was time to set him free, the source said.
Kelly, who also wanted him removed, called Scaramucci at Kelly’s office Monday morning and fired him on the spot, the official said. It was one of Kelly’s first acts as chief of staff.
“A great day at the White House!” Trump tweeted Monday night.
Scaramucci’s departure followed one of the toughest weeks of the Trump presidency in which a major Republican effort to reform America’s health care system failed in Congress and both his spokesman and former chief of staff left their jobs. when the infighting in the White House became public.
Scaramucci’s comments to The New Yorker included a profanity attack on then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon.
“The president certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for a person in that position,” spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.
In a change from previous procedure at the Trump White House, all staff will now report to Kelly, including Trump’s daughter Ivanka and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Sanders said.
“Things are going to run in a regular order,” the official said, adding that even the president’s daughter and her husband, who have high positions in the White House, “are not above the law.”
At a dinner Saturday night at Trump’s hotel near the White House, Trump told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to expect some personnel changes, the official said. . Kelly also attended the dinner.
Tensions in Trump’s inner circle erupted last week when Scaramucci attacked Priebus and Bannon, two of the most important figures in the West Wing. He accused Priebus of leaking information to the media. Priebus then resigned.
Trump appeared Monday with Kelly in the Oval Office and at a cabinet meeting where he predicted the new chief of staff would do a “spectacular job.” He praised Kelly for his tenure overseeing border security issues at the Department of Homeland Security.
“With a very controversial situation, there has been very little controversy, which is really surprising in itself,” Trump said.
Republicans fear that staffing chaos in the White House could derail any attempt to revive efforts to repeal and replace the Obamacare healthcare law and a plan to reform the American tax system.
The US dollar hit a more than two-and-a-half-year low against the euro on Monday due to month-end portfolio adjustments and uncertainty about the US political landscape following Scaramucci’s departure.
In addition to internal challenges, Trump is weighing how to respond to North Korea’s latest missile test, a sore spot between Washington and Beijing. Trump has criticized China, North Korea’s closest ally, and said it should do more to stop Pyongyang.
He is also dealing with various investigations into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, and has been frustrated that the investigations are also looking into possible collusion of his campaign. Moscow rejects the accusation that it tried to tip the election in Trump’s favor, and Trump denies that his campaign had anything to do with such interference.