New White House communications director Anthony Scarmucci hasn’t been on the job long, but already he has fired his first White House leaker.
Suspected leaker Michael Short was fired from the White House earlier in the week.
According to reports, Short was an ally to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and Scaramucci deemed him expendable and too risky to employ.
“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,” tweeted Politico’s Tara Palmeri.
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
“Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Tuesday that he plans to dismiss assistant press secretary Michael Short,” Palmeri wrote on Tuesday morning. “It would be Scaramucci’s first step toward shaking 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.”
“He was scorned by many of his colleagues for quitting the Trump campaign, only to rejoin as a White House staffer because of Priebus,” Palmeri wrote of Short. “In a story often retold by campaign staffers, they arrived at Trump Tower one morning, months before the election, to see Short’s computer left open on his otherwise empty desk. He had quit the campaign that day and never returned. The next time he was seen by former campaign staffers was in January on their first day in the White House, where some were stunned to learn that they were going to have to work alongside him or for some of the press assistants subordinate to him.”
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