Anthony Scaramucci was fired as White House communications director on Monday after just over a week on the job after new Chief of Staff John Kelly pushed for the move.
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. 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 administration said in a statement.
Kelly, a retired Marine general, did not like the fact that the Wall Street financier reported directly to President Trump and wanted to make it clear that he was in charge, sources told The New York Times, which first reported the story.
The dramatic move came just hours after Trump crowed on Twitter that there was no chaos in the White House, and days after the man known as the Mooch launched an obscenity-laced rant against then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trump adviser Steve Bannon.
The Washington Post reported that Trump’s family was embarrassed by the tirade, even though Trump reportedly “loved” his comments.
Reaction from Democrats was swift.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, took to Twitter to offer a mocking farewell.
“Thank you Anthony @Scaramucci for your service. I speak for a grateful nation when I say ‘has it really only been 11 days?!?’” he tweeted.
Trump fired Priebus on Friday, and Kelly, ex-head of Homeland Security was sworn in Monday.