Donald Trump hailed a great day on Monday following the removal of communications director Anthony Scaramucci at eleventh days and this has only increased the sense of chaos at the heart of the Trump administration.
The president made the decision following a request from John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, who insiders said wanted to make clear he was in charge.
“A great day at the White House!” Mr Trump tweeted.
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House communications director,” said press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement on Monday afternoon. “Mr Scaramucci felt it was best to give chief of staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”
The decision to remove Scaramucci, nicknamed “the Mooch”, came at Kelly’s request. His removal may take some pressure off Steve Bannon, the longtime Trump aide whose position has been under threat in recent weeks.
Scaramucci was hired on 21 July, months after the departure of Michael Dubke, who had struggled to craft a coherent communications strategy as the administration spun from one controversy to the next. Sean Spicer reportedly opposed the hiring of Scaramucci and resigned as White House press secretary the same day.
Scaramucci’s appointment was also reportedly opposed by chief of staff Reince Priebus, who immediately came under fire from the new communications chief for alleged leaks, and was forced out on Friday and replaced by Kelly.
Scaramucci would not say whether Scaramucci was fired or had resigned, but added that he had felt “he did not want to burden Gen Kelly with that line of succession”.
Kelly had been given full authority by the president over the White House staff and “all staff will report to him”, she said.