Anthony Scaramucci's sudden departure as the White House Communications Director on Monday marked the latest departure in an eight month-long game of musical chairs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. At least 10 other high-profile people have either fired, left, or resigned within President Donald Trump's first 193 days in office.
Scaramucci, 53, was removed from his position, which was first reported by the New York Times, just six hours after the president wrote on Twitter that there was "No WH chaos!" The decision came at the request of the recently installed Chief of Staff John Kelly, the Times reported.
The former Goldman Sachs & Co. (GS) - Get Report banker was brought into the West Wing just 10 days prior to his removal. His arrival shook the White House and led to the departures of Sean Spicer, former press secretary, and Reince Priebus, the president's first chief of staff. During his brief tenure, Scaramucci notably engaged in an expletive-filled interview with the New Yorker magazine in which he berated other members of the president's senior staff, including Steve Bannon. The president felt those comments were "inappropriate for a person in that position," Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during the press briefing on Monday.
The Office of the Press Secretary said in a statement that Scaramucci "felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team." Sanders added that Scaramucci "does not have a role at this time in the Trump administration." Prior to securing the communications director position, Scaramucci was reportedly being considered for a liaison to the business community as well as an ambassador to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Scaramucci is far from the first to part ways with the White House, in fact, the first communications director for the administration, Mike Dubke, resigned in May.
There was the slew of departures early in the Trump administration. Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, was fired on Jan. 30 after refusing to defend and carry out the president's initial executive order instituting a travel ban from seven Muslim-majority nations. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned in mid-February following revelations that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.
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Katie Walsh, deputy chief of staff, left the White House in March and was dispatched to an outside political group. Deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland was asked to step down in April; although, she was nominated in May to become ambassador to Singapore.
Former FBI Director James Comey was terminated May 9 because he was leading the criminal investigation into whether President Trump's advisers colluded with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
In July, Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, turned in his resignation. He told NPR that he was disappointed with the way the White House has run their ethics program. Retired Col. Derek Harvey, an adviser on the National Security Council who had been appointed by Flynn, also departed in late July.
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