Inside Scaramucci’s short tenure as White House communications director

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(Via ABC News)

Ten days after the announcement of his appointment, Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director.

Since Scaramucci’s hiring earlier this month, the White House has faced the resignations of press secretary Sean Spicer and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, the former said to be in part the result of Scaramucci’s hiring.

A day prior to Priebus’ announced departure last week, Scaramucci made headlines for delivering a scathing, profanity-laced critique of the chief of staff to a reporter with The New Yorker.

Sources inside the White House told ABC News that Scaramucci offered his resignation Monday morning to newly sworn-in Chief of Staff John Kelly with a request to be redeployed as chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, to allow Kelly to assert his leadership inside the West Wing.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Scaramucci’s departure in a statement after the news broke.

“Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team,” the statement reads.

Sanders later elaborated at the press briefing, saying that the president felt that comments made by Scaramucci “were inappropriate for a person in that position, and he didn’t want to burden Gen. Kelly also with that line of succession. As I think we’ve made clear a few times over the course of the last couple days to several of you individually, but Gen. Kelly has the full authority to operate within the White House and all staff will report to him.”

Scaramucci, whose role formally began only last Wednesday, July 26, dominated the headlines in the short amount of time he was in the position.

Scaramucci accepted President Donald Trump’s offer of the position of White House communications director on July 21, replacing Mike Dubke, who resigned in May only three months after being hired.

During his first on-camera briefing, Scaramucci attempted to put to rest any rumors of tensions with Priebus, saying that he had a longstanding relationship with him.

“There’s been some speculation in the press about me and Reince so I just want to talk about that very quickly. Reince and I have been personal friends for six years. We are a little bit like brothers where we rough each other up once in a while, which is totally normal for brothers,” Scaramucci said.

Scaramucci also apologized for comments he made about Trump during an appearance on Fox Business in 2015, including calling him a “hack politician” and saying “I don’t like the way he talks about women.”

Just a day after accepting the job, Scaramucci went on a Twitter cleaning spree, deleting old tweets that he claimed “shouldn’t be a distraction.”

Most of the tweets the prominent Wall Street financier deleted revolved around his opposing views to Trump on gun rights and immigration.

The next day, Scaramucci faced criticism for his comments on CNN’s State of the Union that appeared to be directed at newly minted White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

“The only thing I ask Sarah, Sarah if you’re watching, I love the hair and makeup person that we had on Friday, so I’d like to continue to use the hair and makeup person,” Scaramucci said.

Scaramucci later clarified on Twitter, “For the record, I was referring to my hair and make up and the fact that I like the make up artist. I need all the help I can get!”

On July 25, speaking to reporters outside the West Wing, Scaramucci boldly declared he would consider cleaning house to stop leaks to the press.

“I’m going to fire everybody, that’s how I’m going to do it. You’re either going to stop leaking or you’re getting fired,” Scaramucci warned.

Following those remarks, Michael Short resigned from his position as assistant press secretary in the first indications of a shake-up in the press office.

The next day Scaramucci called Ryan Lizza, a reporter for The New Yorker.  Details of the conversation were published the next day, including  including an expletive-laced rant against Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

On Friday, it was announced that Priebus had resigned as chief of staff and that retired Gen. John Kelly, previously the secretary of homeland security, would replace him.