Was Scaramucci Just Hired to Get Rid of Priebus?

politics
August 01, 2017

The Daily Caller reports that the White House only appointed Anthony Scaramucci to push out Reince Priebus, former White House Chief of Staff. Scaramucci served as the White House Communications Director for a mere ten days. Did he leave so quickly because he had simply served his purpose?

"Multiple reports have surfaced saying former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was only hired to get rid of former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus," wrote The Daily Caller.

Reports—writes the Caller—are saying President Trump's Daughter, Ivanka, and her husband Jared Kushner concocted the plan, influencing the president to hire Scaramucci.

“Jared and Ivanka were instrumental in bringing in Scaramucci, primarily to take out Reince Priebus,” Mike Allen reported in Axios.

He added, “That was his chief (some might say only) duty.”

Likewise, the New York Times reported the couple's role in the appointment and their reason for the appointment.

“Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and Jared Kushner, her husband, had pushed the president to hire Mr. Scaramucci, seeing him as a way to force out Mr. Priebus, the former national Republican committee chairman, and his allies in the West Wing,” The New York Times reported.

The Daily Caller also reports that “Kushner and Ivanka brought in Scaramucci as an instrument of destruction against Reince Priebus. He was used as a tool to end Priebus’ tenure in the corner office. A source familiar with Jared and Ivanka’s thinking said they’re fully supportive of the general and will follow his lead. They were irritated by Scaramucci’s comments to The New Yorker, but from their perspective, he served his primary purpose: destroying Reince.”

Matthew Zeitlin, a Buzzfeed journalist, tweeted out a similar viewpoint.

“So the plan, according to various chroniclers of Jared and Ivanka, was hire Mooch, have him get Priebus fired, and then get fired himself,” he wrote.

https://twitter.com/MattZeitlin/status/892107971559387139

The White House confirmed yesterday that Scaramucci departed to give John F. Kelly a "clean slate." Kelly reportedly broke the news to Scaramucci right after he was sworn in.

In a press briefing later that Day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified the situation.

“Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team."

Do you think Scaramucci was simply a tool, or was he actively involved in the reported mission to target Priebus. Scaramucci recently shared his views about his abrupt departure from the White House in an exclusive interview with TMZ. 

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