Friday, July 21: U.S. President Donald Trump hires cable-TV loyalist and Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci to be his new communications director.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns, reportedly unwilling to work under Scaramucci.
In his first White House news conference, Scaramucci repeatedly tells reporters he “loves” the president. Scaramucci also dismisses reports of a rift with chief of staff Reince Priebus, saying the two men are “brothers.”
July 22: Scaramucci purges his twitter account of objectionable tweets, among them a message that says “walls don’t work” to stop illegal immigration.
Scaramucci’s wife gives birth to their second child, a son.
July 25: Asked how he plans to tackle White House leaks, Scaramucci tells reporters, “I’m going to fire everybody — that’s how.”
Scaramucci tells Politico he is firing assistant press secretary Michael Short, a close ally of Priebus. Scaramucci, the source or the leak, later complains that Short did not know of his firing before the news came out.
July 26: Trump declares, via Twitter, that transgender people will be barred from serving in the U.S. military.
July 27: “When I said we were brothers from the podium, that’s because we’re — some brothers are like Cain and Abel,” Scaramucci tells CNN about his relationship with Priebus. The comment is reference to the Book of Genesis story in which Cain kills his brother Abel.
The New Yorker releases its account of a profane phone interview with Scaramucci from the previous night. In it, Scaramucci calls Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic” and refers to a vulgar act of self-love in reference to senior Trump strategist Steve Bannon. In the same interview, Scaramucci says he had called the FBI directly to investigate leaks, a remarkable breach in protocol.
Under immense pressure from Scaramucci, Priebus resigns as Trump’s chief of staff. Trump appoints retired Marine Corps general John Kelly to be his replacement.
The New York Post’s Page Six column reports that Scaramucci’s wife has filed for divorce. “Family does not need to be drawn into this,” Scaramucci tweets.
July 31: Trump defends his White House in an early morning tweet: “No WH chaos!” he writes.
Trump fires Scaramucci.