The Last Trump Supper for the Mooch
The Mooch eats at the Trump Hotel in DC as he ponders his short ten days as White House communications chief . The meal was just hours after being fired and marched out the West Wing just 10 days into his new job. Anthony Scaramucci was spotted dining Trump Hotel’s BLT Prime in Washington DC on Monday night. He visited the restaurant just hours after he was sacked by President Trump as communications director. He spent most of the dinner on his cell phone and barely touched his food
Scaramucci had unleashed a profanity-laced tirade against resigned chief of staff Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon last week. Most of the TV networks could not even repeat word for word what was said. And rumours have begun to circulate that Melania Trump and Ivanka had a hand in his ousting. They
apparently were disgusted with his foul language. He called Priebus a ‘f****** paranoid schizophrenic’ and accused Steve Bannon of ‘sucking his own c***’ in comments that appeared in the New Yorker.
The Mooch as he refers to himself, only took over as communication director just last week. Trump hired General John Kelly as new chief of staff after Priebus quit last week. Monday was the first day for new chief of staff Gen. John Kelly, who was behind the Mooch firing. Scaramucci was seen in an animated conversation with counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway early Monday afternoon.
President Trump tweeted the same morning as the Mooch’s firing, that it was a great day at The Whitehouse. And also Trump claimed there was ‘No WH chaos’ in a tweet Monday morning.
The former White House supremo chose a discreet table at the corner of the BLT restaurant under a tree, one of four planted in huge boxes in the restaurant. He declined to be interviewed and left quietly through a side exit. It was the first time he had been seen in public all day since he was sacked.
See the Menu from the Mooch’s last Washinton Supper.
Observers thought it extraordinary that after the day of bloodshed that saw him axed from the White House, he should be seen at the Trump Hotel. But The Mooch is no stranger to controversy.
One diner said: ‘Maybe Trump was putting him up and he didn’t have time to check out yet. I guess as he’s not from D.C he hasn’t go his own base.
‘He was in and out so quickly. It’s incredible.’
The Mooch’s departure came as as Gen. John Kelly brandished new authority over all staff working inside the White House on his first day on the job as the new chief of staff.
‘Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,’ the White House said in a brief statement. ‘Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.’
‘The president certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for someone in that position, and he din’t want to burden Gen. Kelly also with that line of succession,’ White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.
The official statement came just minutes after the New York Times first reported the news on Monday, and came hours after the president tweeted there was ‘No WH chaos!’
Scaramucci started the job just a week ago, and immediately shook the White House with controversial statements, including vulgar attacks on senior White House staffers, along with a vow to hunt down leakers.
Sanders declined to answer questions about whether Trump asked Scaramucci to leave or whether Kelly pushed him out to get a clear line of authority.
‘He does not have a role at this time in the Trump administration,’ Sanders said. ‘I don’t have much else to add,’ she said when pressed for details.
She indicated that Kelly had full authority within the White House. She said all White House officials – including Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner – would report through Kelly.
‘That includes everybody at the White House,’ she said.
‘The president certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for someone in that position, and he din’t want to burden Gen. Kelly also with that line of succession,’ Huckabee Sanders said.
Asked if Trump regretted hiring the short-time Scaramucci, Huckabee Sanders said: ‘I’m not going to get into anything beyond what I’ve already said on that front.’
Getting rid of Scaramucci was among Kelly’s first orders of business.
Almost immediately after getting sworn in, Kelly told Scaramucci he needed to leave.
That happened at 9:30 am, Axios reported, citing a source who said Kelly needed to assert his influence but was ‘gracious in the way he did it.’ The White House was able to keep a lid on the news for a few hours before it appeared in the New York Times.
Scaramucci’s sudden exit was a demonstration of the four-decade Marine’s effort to seize control of the operation of the White House. ‘Gen. Kelly has the full authority to operate within the White House and all staff will report to him,’ she said.
She said Scaramucci and Kelly came to the decision by ‘mutual agreement,’ although the official statement issued by the White House said it was Scaramucci’s idea.
Asked about any changes in Spicer’s role – he is expected to leave at the end of August – Sanders said: ‘I’m not aware of any changes that have been made on that front.’
She made it apparent that Trump was behind the decision. ‘We all serve at the pleasure of the president but I think that this was a mutually agreed conversation that took place between several people.’
A White House official said Monday that no one on Trump’s senior staff, including Bannon, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Spicer, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, objected to Scaramucci’s firing.
‘General Kelly’s arrival turned out to be a neat solution to a real problem of Anthony’s own making,’ the official said, requesting anonymity to speak freely.
‘I don’t think anyone was shocked. Mostly relieved,’ said the official.
The White House statement on Scaramucci’s sudden exit echoed the same language Priebus used to announce his departure – deploying the same phrase, .
He was escorted off White House grounds, a source familiar with the scene told CBS News. He is the second White House communications director, following Mike Dubke’s resignation. Spicer also filled in doing the position.
Scaramucci never denied the profane comments, although he wrote on Twitter that he would refrain from such comments in his new role, and complained he shouldn’t have trusted a reporter.
Monday was the first day for new chief of staff Gen. John Kelly, who is seeking to wrestle control of a chaotic and leak-prone White House.
Fox News reported Monday afternoon that Kelly was behind the firing. Trump hailed Kelly at a cabinet meeting Monday, lauding his accomplishments at the Homeland Security Department, which he headed before his new assignment.
Scaramucci himself began the job with seeming carte-blanche from the president on a mission to root out leakers.
On his first and only trip to the White House podium, he announced that then-deputy spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be elevated to press secretary.