WASHINGTON—After an eventful few days, the public seemed to have had a thorough introduction to Anthony Scaramucci, the White House communications director whose flair for gale-force showmanship makes his new boss look almost tame.
The railing against ever-springing leaks from the White House. The vulgar words about his colleagues. All of those celebratory photos posted from Air Force One. We’d seen plenty for one week, or so we thought. But as it turns out, New York City’s most prolific gossip column was just getting started.
On Friday, whispers began that a third person — President Donald Trump — had come between Scaramucci and his wife, Deidre Ball, causing her to file for divorce while pregnant with the couple’s second child, a boy born last week. The report, published in The New York Post’s Page Six column and crediting unnamed sources, detailed name-calling, abandonment and a three-year marriage clouded by Scaramucci’s blind ambition and burning desire to Make America Great Again.
Scaramucci’s devotion to Trump is well documented, and he is thought to be the catalyst for two high-profile departures since his arrival: Sean Spicer, the former press secretary, is said to have resigned over Scaramucci’s hire, and Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, was ousted days after Scaramucci called him a “paranoid schizophrenic” during an expletive-laden tirade delivered to the New Yorker. But the Trump-Scaramucci political union did not cause Ball to file for divorce in Nassau County on July 6 — at least according to Jill Stone, who is representing Ball in the divorce.
“It has nothing to do with Trump,” Stone said.
Stone, who may have been invoking a bit of wishful thinking when it comes to this White House, added: “Honestly, it’s a private matter, and she’s hoping that it just dies down.”
Stone would not characterize the nature of the separation. She said that Ball, who is in her late 30s, gave birth last Monday to the couple’s second child. The newborn was with her and was “doing very well,” Stone said. She added that reports of a casual text message sent from Scaramucci — “Congratulations, I’ll pray for our child” — to Ball after she gave birth were false.
The week of his son’s birth in New York coincided with his first official week in the White House, and Scaramucci remained in Washington with the president. On Monday, the day his son was born, Scaramucci, 53, travelled aboard Air Force One with Trump, and then watched as the president delivered a politically charged speech to thousands of Boy Scouts in West Virginia. He has posted photos and tweets, with thumbs-ups and hugs, from aboard Air Force One or while attending a Trump rally in Ohio. At the White House, Scaramucci dined on Wednesday with Sean Hannity and Kimberly Guilfoyle of Fox News and Bill Shine, a former Fox executive. (He later called the New Yorker.)
The couple, who married in 2014, worked together at SkyBridge Capital, the hedge fund business founded by Scaramucci. It was the second marriage for both. In anticipation of obtaining a White House job, Scaramucci sold his stake of the business earlier this year to a group led by a Chinese conglomerate.
Ball approached her lawyer about a divorce in late June.
Calls and emails to Scaramucci and Ball went unanswered on Sunday, but Scaramucci addressed the situation with a pair of tweets over the weekend.
“Leave civilians out of this,” he wrote on Friday evening. “I can take the hits, but I would ask that you would put my family in your thoughts and prayers & nothing more.”
As the intrigue surrounding his personal life intensified, Scaramucci lashed out at journalists the next morning.
“Family does not need to be drawn into this,” Scaramucci wrote. “Soon we will learn who in the media has class and who doesn’t. No further comments on this.”
He wasn’t done talking about his new role. By Sunday, Scaramucci had shared a tweet from Trump that disparaged the Affordable Care Act, and then boasted of a successful call with Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.
“@GOP doing fantastic work to support @POTUS #MAGA,” Scaramucci wrote, “looking forward to building even stronger relationship.”
A Twitter account belonging to Ball, @MrsAScaramucci, was dormant.