Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci promised to stop the internal leaks that have been plaguing the White House via dismissals and the first to go will be assistant press secretary Michael Short.
Removing Short signals Scaramucci’s first move toward a more loyal White House communications staff, and he is stating that more staffers will be dismissed if gossip continues to be spewed to the hostile media. “I’m committed to taking the comms shop down to Sarah [Huckabee Sanders] and me, if I can’t get the leaks to stop,” Scaramucci told Politico.
The moment he began in his new position on Monday, Scaramucci met with communications staffers and, basically, told them that there’s a new sheriff in town. “I offered amnesty in the meeting, but that decision is above my rank,” Scaramucci said.
Short was closely aligned with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, a former RNC chairman, and former press secretary Sean Spicer, who resigned on Friday after Scaramucci was appointed to head the communications team. As the story goes, Short was working for the Trump campaign until “staffers arrived at Trump Tower one morning, months before the election, to see Short’s computer left open on his otherwise empty desk. He had quit the campaign that day and never returned,” according to a report in Politico.
Short later returned as a White House staffer because of Priebus, a move which shocked his colleagues.
Scaramucci told reporters on Friday that the only staffers who are currently above suspicion are social media director Dan Scavino and communications strategist Hope Hicks, both longtime aides to President Trump. He’s also named Sanders to take over the position of press secretary.
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