Reactions to Anthony Scaramucci's White House departure
Scaramucci’s exit comes days after Priebus and Spicer left the White House.
By CAROLINE COHEN, DAKSHAYANI SHANKAR, and SAISHA TALWAR
July 31, 2017, 10:48 PM
• 6 min read
-- In the hours following Anthony Scaramucci’s abrupt resignation from his post, legislators, officials and celebrities are speaking out about the New Yorker’s short-lived, yet highly-publicized, stint as White House communications director.
Scaramucci’s departure comes just days after former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Press Secretary Sean Spicer left the Trump administration. Monday morning, retired Marine Corps general John Kelly was sworn in as Priebus’ replacement.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle took to Twitter to acknowledge the 11-day White House career of the former Wall Street financier.
The White House posted a statement, stressing that Scaramucci “felt it was best to give Kelly a clean slate” and the “ability to build his own team,” wishing him all the best. The statement’s use of the term “clean slate” uses the same language Spicer used during his resignation.
Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida praised the decision, which comes just hours into Kelly’s tenure.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., subtly jabbed Scaramucci about his time at the White House, stressing “a grateful nation” would say “has it really only been 11 days?!?”
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, seemingly expressed indifference with regard to the resignation, simply tweeting:
Frm. Rep. John Dingell, D-Michigan, snarkily compared Trump’s White House activities to those of previous administrations.
Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California used the resignation to point fingers at the president’s son-in-law, who is thought to be a driving influence behind Scaramucci’s hiring.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter mocked the former communications director's short White House career, and noted she’s just 11 days short of his tenure.
Television host Andy Cohen took the matter lightly, likening the events of the White House to Bravo’s popular reality TV series “The Real Housewives”:
David Axelrod, senior adviser to former president Barack Obama, expressed his shock at Scaramucci’s brief stay at the White House.