President Trump named Wall Street financier and long-time supporter Anthony Scaramucci as his new White House communications director according to Axios. Upon that news Sean Spicer resigned.
The position of communications director has been vacant since late May when Dubke resigned after only 3 months on the job.
The Scarmucci news was expected, but the Spicer news was somewhat surprising.
H/T Western Journalism:
President Donald Trump named Anthony Scaramucci as his next communications director.
Axios said that according to two sources familiar with the situation, Scaramucci will replace Mike Dubke, the former communications director who resigned in May.
The 53-year-old Scaramucci was an ally to candidate Donald Trump during the general election and helped him during his campaign against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
- Scaramucci, a well-known Republican donor, supported Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush during the primaries before throwing his weight behind Trump later in the election season.
- He is also a frequent guest on Fox News and a longtime friend of Fox News host Sean Hannity.
- After Trump defeated Clinton in the presidential election, Scaramucci sold his stake in SkyBridge Capital, but was initially left without a job in the White House. Scaramucci currently works for the Export-Import Bank.
- Jason Miller, Trump’s communications director during the presidential campaign, tweeted his support for Scaramucci on Thursday. “YES! Love bringing back the @Scaramucci here. Great hire! #MAGA” Miller tweeted.
However, Scaramucci and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus reportedly have a tense relationship, a source told The Daily Caller.
According to Axios, the hire came as a surprise to Priebus, who was not involved in the decision.
In January, Scaramucci had been tapped as the director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, but Priebus told him he should pull his name from consideration because Trump could not wait for his ethics review to be completed, Politico reported.
Because of Scarramuci’s detailed background, the ethics review process could have taken up to day 90 days.
However, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Scaramucci had never been officially offered the director job.
It wasn’t announced,” Spicer told Politico in January. “I never said that he had a job.”
Scaramucci is the founder of the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital. It was previously thought the hedge fund manager would be appointed to lead the White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs under Trump, but didn’t enter the position.
He was also previously linked to the ambassador position to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) but ultimately was not named to that post. He currently serves as a senior Vice President at the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
Scaramucci had a meeting with President Trump at 10 AM this morning.
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