White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is leaving the White House, less than two weeks after President Trump hired him.
"Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a brief statement.
Scaramucci's sudden departure comes the same day that retired Gen. John Kelly took over as chief of staff. Until this week, Kelly was Trump's secretary of Homeland Security.
"Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team," Sanders said. "We wish him all the best."
The Wall Street financier had been named to lead the White House communications shop on July 21. Upon taking the job, Scaramucci faced criticism upon taking the job for a lack of communications experience. He spent years on Wall Street, including at Goldman Sachs and Lehmann Brothers. In 2005, he started his own global investment firm, SkyBridge Capital.
The brash style of the man known as "the Mooch" rubbed many West Wing officials the wrong way.
Immediately after his hiring, Scaramucci loudly launched investigations of news leaks stemming from the Trump administration – and vowed to fire anyone caught talking out of school to the media.
His hiring led to the resignation of former press secretary Sean Spicer, who opposed his appointment.
Scaramucci's hire also played a role in the removal of Reince Priebus, Trump's former chief of staff whose departure was announced late Friday. And Scaramucci himself removed senior assistant press secretary Michael Short, a former Republican National Committee official who worked with the Trump campaign during 2016 and was brought into the White House by Priebus.
Scaramucci's departure came just days after a report of his graphic and profane comments about Priebus and other staffers, such as senior adviser Steve Bannon. In a now infamous phone call last week to the The New Yorker, Scaramucci called Priebus a "paranoid schizophrenic" and threatened to fire the entire White House communications team.
After the interview was published, Scaramucci took to Twitter to apologize.
The move stunned Republicans already critical of what they described as White House "chaos"
Florida-based Republican consultant and Trump critic Rick Wilson tweeted: "It's not a dumpster fire. It's a mountain of dumpsters, filled with burning tires."
Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash put it more succinctly:
And Democrats pounced.
"I speak for a grateful nation when I say 'has it really only been 11 days?!" tweeted Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
Former Obama administration official Dan Pfeiffer also poked fun at the short tenure.
Yet Trump earlier Monday had a rosy outlook on his presidency – all the while disputing any reports of "chaos" at the White House after a week of staff shakeups and political missteps, including failed Republican attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"We're doing very well. We have a tremendous base. We have a tremendous group of support. The country is optimistic," Trump said while swearing in Kelly. "And I think the General would just add to it." Trump told reporters that Kelly will do "a spectacular job."
Scaramucci did not get good reviews during his brief tenure, and some analysts felt his departure would bode well for the Trump White House.
"Anthony Scaramucci had absolutely no business being hired as White House Communications Director, and he quickly showed he was ill-suited not just for that particular job, but for any senior White House role," Texas-based political consultant Matt Mackowiak said.
"This is a clear sign that General Kelly is empowered and fully in charge, focused on getting the senior staff all on the same page, acting as a cohesive team. This is a very good sign."