Some guys are all talk no action. Mooch is not. Anthony Scaramucci keeps his word and terminates suspected leaker Michael Short from the White House, it has been confirmed.
Short was an ally of former Press Secretary Spicer along with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Emphasis on was. On Tuesday Short was terminated by Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director.
This story was first reported by Politico’s Tara Palmeri.
President Donald Trump’s newly appointed communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, said Tuesday that he is prepared to “fire everybody” in the White House communications shop in order to put an end to embarrassing internal leaks.
The financier and longtime Trump surrogate is eager to shake up the communications shop, which has been dominated by former Republican National Committee staffers loyal to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, a former RNC chairman.
Scaramucci confirmed to POLITICO early Tuesday that he planned to start by dismissing assistant press secretary Michael Short at a morning meeting, but that move was apparently delayed.
Short, who initially said Tuesday that he hadn’t yet been informed of any decision, resigned Tuesday afternoon.
Short’s ouster is Scaramucci’s first warning shot to White House aides who have been perceived as disloyal to the president. In an echo of Trump’s not-so-subtle warning to Jeff Sessions about his status as attorney general, Scaramucci’s vow to “fire everybody” is a warning to staffers perceived as leakers.
“I’m going to fire everybody, that’s how I’m going to do it,” Scaramucci said to reporters outside of the White House on Tuesday. “You’re either going to stop leaking or you’re going to be fired.”
At this point Short is yet to respond to a request for comment about the leaking he is accused of. He has told CNN that he has not been fired, despite several multiple White House sources confirming that he has been fired.
Short disputes his resignations, says he was assigned to campaign from RNC and merely went back to the RNC to work for campaign from HQ https://t.co/bJ4XBtZR6a
— Tara Palmeri (@tarapalmeri) July 25, 2017
On Tuesday Scaramucci has doubled down on the claims that he will fire everybody if that’s what it takes to stop the leaks.
🔥🔥🔥"I'm going to fire everybody," Scaramucci says, explaining how he's going to get the leaking to stop. 🔥🔥🔥
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) July 25, 2017
If you missed Scaramucci’s initial proclamation of “I am going fire everyone,” you can find it here.