The White House is trying to spin the departure of Anthony Scaramucci as a decision to help Chief of Staff John Kelly, but what happened was Scaramucci refused to report to the Chief of Staff, and not Trump, so he was given the boot.
Here is the statement from the White House as provided to PoliticusUSA, “Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. 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.”
White House correspondent April Ryan has a different story:
A source says @Scaramucci said I don't report to you and the General said your gone and he is
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) July 31, 2017
CNN had details on The Mooch’s exit:
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 31, 2017
It is an easy choice of who to believe on this one. The White House lies to the press and the American people on a daily basis. During his short time on the job, Scaramucci bragged that he only reports to the President. He made it clear that this close communication with Trump was very important to him, but it may have never been sincere. It looks like he was used by the White House to get rid of Priebus and then immediately dumped.
Donald Trump’s mini-me couldn’t last two weeks working in the White House, and his firing is a test for whether one general can undo a West Wing of crazy and turn Trump into a semi-functional president.