Transcript for White House shakes up staff
He lasted just 11 days on the job. Anthony secure mu chi, who was hired by the president as communications director to restore order in the west wing, he has been ordered out and pushed out. He calls himself the mooch, and he was there just this morning as the new chief of staff was sworn in. General John Kelly now running the west wing, and how does the white house explain the mooch and his limited run? ABC' senior white house correspondent, Cecilia Vega leading us off. Reporter: It was one of the fastest, crudest flameouts in west wing history. Communications director Anthony scaramucci, known simply as the mooch, forced out after just 11 days on the job by the new white house chief of staff, John Kelly. Pushing for his departure. Scaramucci, a wealthy Wall Street financier, hand-picked by the president and his family, cast himself from the start as a personal friend of the commander in chief. I love the president! I obviously love the country. Reporter: But from day one, there was bad blood between scaramucci and former chief of staff, reince Priebus. We are a little bit like brothers, where we rough each other up once in a while, which is totally Normal for brothers. Reporter: It only got worse. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel. Other brothers can fight with each other and get along. I don't know if this is repairable or not. That will be up to the president. Reporter: But then, scaramucci redefined what it means to go off message. The communications director calling up a reporter and launching into a tirade. Calling Priebus a paranoid schizophrenic, threatening to fire essentially the entire white house communications team over leaks, saying, they'll all be fired by me. And I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I'll fire tomorrow. He also tore into the president's chief strategist Steve Bannon. "I'm not Steve Bannon," he said, launching into an attack so profane we can't repeat it on television. He then said, "I'm not trying to build my own brand." The white house today said the president who's used some choice words himself in the past, was none too happy about scaramucci's comments. The president certainly felt that Anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in at position. Reporter: The communications director had become the story, his words going viral, his gestures mirroring the president's, mocked on "The Daily Show." He's made a point of saying he reported only to the president. This morning, following the swearing in of the new chief of staff, scaramucci was in the back of the room. I predict general Kelly will go down as one of the great ever. Reporter: And today, the issuing a stunning shift in the chain of command. Everyone, including the president's own daughter and sown report to John Kelly. All staff will report to him. Let's get to Cecilia Vega tonight. I want to show everyone that image today. The president presiding over that cabinet meeting and Jeff sessions sitting right across the table from him, and of course, the president has been relentless in his public criticism of sessions. As you know, there had been talk of moving Jeff sessions from A.G. Over to the department of homeland security where general Kelly has just left the post. You were at the white house, and were they pressed on this? Reporter: Sarah Sanders was, David, and she said they have no announcement about that, and that quote, the president has 1 100% confidence in his cabinet. That sounded like a vote of confidence for Jeff sessions, but despite the drama here today, David, the president seems very pleased. He tweeted, calling this a great day at the white house, David. Cecilia Vega, great to have you. We are following the state of emergency at this hour after
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