by Graham Pierrepoint
Another day, another dramatic turn of events at the White House – as another of US President Donald Trump’s appointed staff makes his way out of a particularly lucrative role. After just ten days in the job, White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, has been released from his role – sensationally fired allegedly on the request of new Chief of Staff – General John Kelly – who replaced the outgoing Reince Priebus. Scaramucci’s time in the White House – if he is not to find a role elsewhere – was fairly dramatic, with the aforementioned Priebus and media favorite Sean Spicer having resigned shortly after his appointment.
It is thought that Scaramucci’s firing comes following profane comments made to a New Yorker reporter regarding members of Trump’s team - making claims about Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon – comments made to the press which the White House has condemned as ‘inappropriate’. Scaramucci had also declared that he was reporting directly to President Trump and not the Chief of Staff – at that time, Priebus – however, with Gen Kelly having been brought in to take Priebus’ place, it seems it has been decided that there is no longer a place on the top team for Scaramucci and any comments he has previously made. Does the drafting in of Kelly spell a change for the top team for the better?
Trump, meanwhile, took to Twitter – to claim that there was ‘no WH chaos’ – despite what many media outlets have referred to as a ‘revolving door of staff’, and with ongoing investigations regarding Russia, Donald Trump Jr’s supposed discussions with a Russian lawyer ahead of the election, and the saga that unfolded with former FBI Director James Comey earlier this year. Despite Trump’s claims to the opposite, it can hardly be denied that this is a Presidency which has seen considerable drama so far – and Trump and his team have not yet been part of the establishment for six months.
Where will the chaos end? Will Gen Kelly bring calm to the chaos? Will there be a role for the controversial Scaramucci elsewhere in the White House? As always, the media is keeping a keen eye – and, generally, as good an insight as any is to follow Trump on Twitter – at least, to get the lowdown on what the Commander in Chief thinks of it all.