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  WASHINGTON, July 31 (Xinhua) -- The White House confirmed Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House communications director on Monday, after multiple U.S. media reported his removal from the position.

  The announcement comes shortly after John Kelly, former secretary of homeland security, was sworn in as U.S. President Donald Trump's new chief of staff, amid a series of White House staff shake-ups.

  The White House said Scaramucci felt it was best to give Kelly "a clean slate" and the ability to build his own team.

  The 53-year-old New York financier was brought onto the West Wing staff by Trump on July 21.

  However, his brief 11-day tenure had been already marked by the departure of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who resigned to protest against Scaramucci's arrival, and a public feud the New Yorker had with Reince Priebus, Kelly's predecessor.

  Within days of his controversial appointment, Scaramucci started accusing Priebus of leaking damaging information about him to the media, and launched later a vulgar tirade against Priebus and chief White House strategist Steve Bannon.

  Caught in the feud, Priebus confirmed his resignation after Trump announced Kelly's appointment on Friday as the former Republican National Committee chair reportedly had already lost Trump's confidence in his ability to keep the White House in order and push forward the GOP legislative agenda.

  But Trump refused to admit a chaotic scene by tweeting "NO WH chaos!", only hours before the announcement of Scaramucci's removal.

  It is not clear whether it was Trump or Kelly who made the decision but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a press conference Monday afternoon that Trump believes that Scaramucci's off-color remarks were "inappropriate."

  Sanders said Kelly will have "full authority to carry out businesses he sees fit" to bring "new structure, discipline and strength to the White House," adding that Scaramucci "does not have a role at this time in the Trump administration."

  Reports said Kelly, on the very first day he takes helms of the White House, wanted Scaramucci removed from the role as communications director because the retired four-star Marine Corps general did not think Scaramucci was disciplined and had burned his credibility.

Editor:Di Source: Xinhua Time:2017-08-01 14:26:42


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