John Kelly is apparently taking his new role as White House chief of staff very seriously and there’s nothing wrong with that. In one of his first moves today, he recommended that Scaramucci step down as Communications Director.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Scaramucci Removed as White House Communications Director at Kelly’s Urging
Anthony Scaramucci was removed from his position as White House communications director, just 10 days after his appointment to the post.
Mr. Scaramucci, who is nicknamed “The Mooch,” was removed at the urging of former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, who was sworn in as White House chief of staff Monday morning. Mr. Kelly is seeking to impose more discipline in the White House, two administration officials said.
After the swearing-in ceremony—which Mr. Scaramucci attended—Mr. Kelly returned to his office, where he informed Mr. Scaramucci in a one-on-one meeting that he was being forced to resign, a White House official said.
The ouster signaled Mr. Kelly’s authority over a White House that has been plagued by competing factions in the first six months of the Trump administration. President Donald Trump has told Mr. Kelly that all White House officials—including longtime advisers such as chief strategist Steve Bannon and family members such as son-in-law Jared Kushner —will report directly to the chief of staff, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at Monday’s news briefing.
Mr. Scaramucci asked to keep his position at the U.S. Export-Import Bank when he gave his resignation, a White House official said. But Ms. Sanders said in the briefing that Mr. Scaramucci now holds no administration role.
John Kelly must have had good reasons for doing this. They need to run a tighter ship.