John Heilemann’s no holds barred interview with Anthony Scaramucci covers, well, just about everything you’d want it to.
One of most controversial figures to emerge from Trump’s ascendance to the White House is Anthony Scaramucci, whose brief tenure as White House Communications Director provided fodder for months of late night punchlines. But Scaramucci has known Trump for more than two decades, and in this unvarnished, on the record interview with storied political journalist John Heilemann, “the Mooch” offers fascinating insights into Trump the man, Trump the leader, and Trump the political operator. This is riveting political fare, folks. And while the Shift Forum is held under Chatham House Rule, Scaramucci thankfully waived that privilege so we can all take a peek behind the curtains of power. Enjoy.
John Heilemann: Mr. Scaramucci, it’s good to see you. Last night we had Chris Christie at dinner. I was going to try to get him to attack you. I did not, just as a matter of pure courtesy.
The White House’s List of Departures Keeps Growing. An Ongoing Tally…
Steve Bannon’s departure feels like business as usual in an Administration plagued by scandals. But there’s nothing normal about a White House that has seen so many departures — forced or otherwise.
One can easily lose track, so we compiled the list for our readers. The people below have either resigned, been fired or moved into reduced roles. There may be more — so we’ll keep the list up to date.
Sally Yateswas acting attorney general when fired on January 30th after refusing the enforce the Travel Ban.
State Department Official Patrick Kennedy resigned on January 25th after being asked to do so, along with three of his deputies. They represented decades of diplomatic experience.
Michael Flynn was the National Security Advisor when he resigned February 13th due to revelations around his relationship with Russia and Turkey.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was fired March 11th after refusing to resign.
FBI director James Comey was fired May 9th while on a trip in Los Angeles. He learned of the news from a nearby television broadcast.
Communications director Michael Dubke offered his resignation on May 18th after serving for three months. There have now been several communications directors, the current one — Sarah Huckabee — is pegged as “interim.”
Walter Shaub was the Director of the Office of Government Ethics when he resigned on July 17th after reported clashes with the administration. On his way out, he accused the administration of being a “laughingstock.”
Sean Spicer resigned on July 21st after missing out on new role as Communications Director left vacant by Dubke, and in objection to the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted 10 days.
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, wasmoved onto a reduced role after attacking the press on July 21st.
Press aide Michael Short quits on July 25th before he could be fired by new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci.
Anthony Scaramucciwas let go after 10 days in the job on July 31st, shortly after a colorful interview surfaced.
Manufacturing and Business Advisory Councils disband August 15th after a bizarre press conference where Donald Trump appears to take back his condemnation of hate groups. The dismantling of the councils happens after several members leave.
Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is fired on August 18th. Or, as he put it, he was released to “go to war.”
The president’sArt Council dissolves August 18th, while sending a colorful “Resist” message to the White House.