Harare, Zimbabwe (News of the South) – Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci lasted only 10 days as White House communications director, a brief time but enough to prove controversial.
The appointment itself, on 21 July, triggered a shake-up at the Trump White House. Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and spokesman Sean Spicer both left their posts over his hiring.
Then just a week after being named, he launched a strongly worded attack on Mr Priebus, calling him a “paranoid schizophrenic” in a conversation with a reporter.
In the same phone call, he also directed profanity-laced insults at Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Mr Scaramucci later tweeted his regret at the “colourful language”, but the damage had already been done.
In the same week, reports also emerged that his wife, Deidre Ball, had filed for divorce. The New York Post said she was fed up with his “naked political ambition”.
He also missed the birth of his son, on 24 July, as he was travelling with Mr Trump aboard Air Force One, a trip well documented on his Twitter feed, where he posted five pictures, including one with the president himself, and talked about how “humbled and blessed” he felt.
Mr Scaramucci, 53, spent much of his 10 days in the job railing against government “leakers”.
Perhaps ironically, the New York Times, one of the first US media outlets to report his dismissal, relied on three unnamed sources “close to the decision” to break the story.
And, topping it all, it was revealed on the same day of his sacking that he had been wrongly declared dead in the latest Harvard Law School alumni directory. A spokesman apologized, saying that the error will be corrected in subsequent editions. He graduated from Harward Law in 1989.
Former TV fame
A major Republican donor and founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, Anthony Scaramucci, 53, served as an adviser on the presidential transition team.
He was a senior vice-president and chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank – the US government’s export credit agency – before his appointment to the White House.-BBC
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