Anthony Scaramucci was hired by President Donald Trump to be the new White House communications directly less than a week ago — and he’s already executed his first firing.
Coming into the job, Scaramucci reportedly vowed to purge the staffers who were behind repeated leaks to the press.
The first White House official to go is assistant press secretary Michael Short. While Scaramucci didn’t reveal exactly why he was firing Short, his interview with Politico about leaks speaks volumes:
But Scaramucci warned that Short would be the first of many, if he’s not able to stop the leaks coming out of the communications and press shop.
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“I’m committed to taking the comms shop down to Sarah [Huckabee Sanders] and me, if I can’t get the leaks to stop,” Scaramucci told Politico.
Scaramucci also reportedly offered staffers “amnesty” on his first day as communications director, but admitted the decision was “above my rank.”
Short said any allegations that he leaked anything to the press are “demonstrably false,” Politico reported. He also said he hadn’t been informed of his firing at the time Politico published its article.
Scaramucci takes over following the tumultuous reign of Sean Spicer, who resigned last week.