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Trump removes Anthony Scaramucci as communications director

FILE - In this July 21, 2017, file photo, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci gestures as he answers a question during a press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington. Scaramucci offered newsroom leaders a test on Thursday. They needed to decide whether to fully use the obscenities relied on by Scaramucci to describe fellow White House aides or talk around them. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- President Donald Trump decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his role as communications director Monday, less than two weeks after he named the financier to the position.

It is not clear whether Scaramucci will stay on with the administration in a different role, though reports indicated he was escorted from the White House.

Ahead of swearing in new Chief of Staff John Kelly earlier Monday, Trump had insisted there was "no chaos" in his administration.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director," the White House Office of the Press Secretary said in a statement Monday. "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 wealthy New Yorker's hire brought tumult to an already disordered White House.

His arrival led to the resignations of Sean Spicer, former press secretary, along with Reince Priebus, former chief of staff.

In an explosive -- and quickly viral -- interview published by The New Yorker last week, Scaramucci used expletives to accuse Priebus of being a "paranoid schizophrenic" and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon of trying to bolster his personal reputation.

According to sources, Trump's decision came at the request of Kelly, The New York Times reported.

Monday was Kelly's first day on the job.


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