Anthony Scaramucci Finally Gets a Job Under Trump

Anthony Scaramucci has finally landed the Trump administration job he's been working towards for months.

The SkyBridge Capital founder has joined the Export-Import Bank of the United States as senior vice president and chief strategy officer, an agency spokesman confirmed to TheStreet on Wednesday. Apparently the third time was the charm for the 53-year-old hedge funder, who has been reportedly been in the running for two other White House jobs under President Donald Trump.

Ex-Im Bank spokesman Lawton King said Scaramucci's main role is to assess how the bank "can better capitalize upon opportunities to support American jobs by financing American exports." He has held the position, which is salaried and has been vacant for several years, since June 19. Politico was the first to report the news.

The Export-Import Bank fills financing gaps for U.S. exporters. 

Scaramucci, who served as a campaign fundraiser for Trump, is one of the president's fiercest defenders and has been lobbying for a position in his administration for some time.

He told reporters in January that he would be joining the White House as a liaison to the business community, though the Trump administration never made an official announcement on the matter. He ultimately did not get the job.

"I was slated for one role, and I think there was an urgency to fill that role," Scaramucci told journalist Michael Wolff at an event hosted by TheStreet in Manhattan in March.

Scaramucci in January agreed to sell his approximately 45% stake in SkyBridge to an investor group including a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group -- a deal that might have hindered his job prospects under Trump. The transaction was estimated to be valued at $200 million to $230 million, meaning Scaramucci would have netted about $100 million.

He told Wolff that Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus told him he would be given a spot in the administration once his business deal was closed.

"I honestly don't know what that role will be, but hopefully it will be something where I can have a meaningful impact," he said.

Bloomberg reported earlier this month that Trump planned to appoint Scaramucci as ambassador to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. White House spokeswoman Kelly Love on Wednesday declined to comment on whether Scaramucci was still in the running for the job. "As always, we will let you know when we have any official personnel announcements," she said.

The OECD ambassadorship is a Senate-confirmed position. The Ex-Im Bank job is not.

Scaramucci told TheStreet's Tracy Byrnes earlier this month he would "love to opportunity to serve." 

Trump criticized the Ex-Im bank on the campaign trail, in 2015 telling Bloomberg it was "featherbedding" politicians and companies. But the president in April changed his tune on the agency, telling The Wall Street Journal he believes it's important.

The president has appointed former Representative Scott Garrett (R-NJ) to become the Ex-Im Bank's next president, and the fight to confirm him is expected to be contentious. Garrett, who served in the House from 2013 to 2015, has criticized the bank in the past, joining other hardline conservatives in characterizing it as "corporate welfare."

Scaramucci has found himself in the spotlight in recent days not because of his job prospects but instead because of a since-retracted CNN report linking him to an investment fund in Russia. CNN apologized for the story, which resulted in three journalists' resignation. Scaramucci accepted the apology on Twitter and said he was "moving on."

.@CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on. https://t.co/lyVajCKNHx

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) June 24, 2017

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