You’re fired: The ‘Mooch’ gets the scooch from Trump chief of staff John Kelly

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Foul-mouthed bluster bag Anthony Scaramucci was no match for former Marine General John Kelly. Sorry, “Mooch!”

President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, three people close to the decision said Monday, relieving him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president’s senior staff.

Mr. Scaramucci’s abrupt removal came just 10 days after the wealthy New York financier was brought on to the West Wing staff, a move that convulsed an already chaotic White House and led to the departures of Sean Spicer, the former press secretary, and Reince Priebus, the president’s first chief of staff.

The decision to remove Mr. Scaramucci, who had boasted about reporting directly to the president not the chief of staff, John F. Kelly, came at Mr. Kelly’s request, the people said. Mr. Kelly made clear to members of the White House staff at a meeting Monday morning that he is in charge.

The Mooch endeared himself to White House staffers and Capitol Hill Republicans alike after delivering an on the record expletive-laden tirade in which he lovingly labeled Reince Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic” and assured us that he doesn’t “suck” like Steve Bannon—both of whom exceeded his time in the West Wing by some 170 days. Needless to say he will be missed.

OVERHEARD: Collective gasps followed by a smattering of laughter in the Senate press gallery as the Mooch news broke.

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 31, 2017

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Oh, and everything is right on track at the White House, per the chief.

Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2017

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Update

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

— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 31, 2017

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