Scara­mucci out of White House job as John Kelly takes charge

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An­thony Scara­mucci is out as White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor af­ter just 11 days on the job _ and just hours af­ter for­mer Gen. John Kelly took over as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s new chief of staff.

Hop­ing to turn the page on a tu­mul­tuous open­ing chap­ter to his pres­i­dency, Trump had in­sisted ear­lier Mon­day that there was “no chaos’’ in his White House as he swore in the re­tired Marine gen­eral as his sec­ond chief of staff.

Not long af­ter, Scara­mucci, who shocked many with his pro­fane out­burst last week against then-chief of staff Reince Priebus, was gone.

In the words of the White House an­nounce­ment, he was leav­ing be­cause he “felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the abil­ity to build his own team.’’ The three-sen­tence re­lease con­cluded, “We wish him all the best.’’

The state­ment about Scara­mucci’s de­par­ture used the same “clean slate’’ lan­guage that de­part­ing press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer used to de­scribe his own rea­son for re­sign­ing the day Trump brought Scara­mucci aboard.

Spicer re­mained in the White House on Mon­day, say­ing he was there to as­sist with the com­mu­ni­ca­tions tran­si­tions.

As the Scara­mucci news spread, Kelly was in the East Room smil­ing and tak­ing pic­tures with guests who were gath­er­ing for a Medal of Honor pre­sen­ta­tion.

Ear­lier, in an Oval Of­fice cer­e­mony, Trump pre­dicted Kelly, who pre­vi­ously served as Home­land Se­cu­rity chief, would do a “spec­tac­u­lar job.’’ And the pres­i­dent chose to high­light the ris­ing stock mar­ket and pos­i­tive jobs out­look rather than talk about how things might need to change in his White House un­der Kelly.

Trump on Fri­day ousted Priebus as chief of staff and turned to Kelly, who he hopes will bring mil­i­tary dis­ci­pline to an ad­min­is­tra­tion weighed down by a stalled leg­isla­tive agenda, in­fight­ing among West Wing aides and a stack of in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Scara­mucci’s brief ten­ure shoved in­ter­nal White House dis­putes into the open. In me­dia in­ter­views, he trashed Priebus as a “leaker’’ and se­nior White House aide Steve Ban­non as a self-pro­moter. One of Scara­mucci’s first _ and it turns out only _ acts was to force out a com­mu­ni­ca­tions aide seen as loyal to Priebus.

Spicer, Priebus and Ban­non had all ob­jected to Trump’s de­ci­sion to hire Scara­mucci, who would have re­ported di­rectly to the pres­i­dent.

While Trump is look­ing for a re­set, he pushed back against crit­i­cism of his ad­min­is­tra­tion with this tweet: “High­est Stock Mar­ket EVER, best eco­nomic num­bers in years, un­em­ploy­ment low­est in 17 years, wages rais­ing, bor­der se­cure, S.C.: No WH chaos!’’

In fact, eco­nomic growth av­er­aged 2 per cent in the first half of this year, a pace Trump railed against as a can­di­date and promised to lift to 3 per cent.

AP PHOTO

In this July 25, 2017 photo, White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor An­thony Scara­mucci speaks to mem­bers of the me­dia at the White House in Washington, Tues­day, July 25, 2017. Scara­mucci is out as White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor af­ter just 11 days on the job.

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