The White House’s new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has made his first major decision in his new role by firing an alleged “leaker”, who also happens to be an RNC loyalist, within his department.
Scaramucci told Fox News on Sunday that “We have to get the leaks stopped. If we don’t get them stopped. I’m a businessperson so I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks.”
And if that wasn’t clear enough, he also made an appearance on CBS News and responded to a question from John Dickerson when asked how he would treat leakers by saying “They’re going to get fired. I’m just going to make it very, very clear, okay? Tomorrow I’m going to have a staff meeting. And it’s going to be a very binary thing. I’m not going to make any prejudgments about anybody on that staff. If they want to stay on the staff, they’re going to stop leaking.”
Anthony Scaramucci: “I’m a businessperson so I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks.” pic.twitter.com/SSWI3ODWij
— Axios (@axios) July 23, 2017
Today, it seems Scaramucci is backing up his statements and starting the process of cleaning up the Communications Department at the White House by firing Assistant Press Secretary Michael Short during Tuesday’s morning staff meeting.
“I’m going to fire everybody, that’s how I’m going to do it,” Scaramucci said to reporters outside of the White House on Tuesday. “You’re either going to stop leaking or you’re going to be fired.”
Politco reported that Scaramucci confirmed his decision to terminate Assistant Press Secretary Michael Short this morning.
Scaramucci confirmed to POLITICO early Tuesday that he planned to start by dismissing assistant press secretary Michael Short at a morning meeting, but that move was apparently delayed.
Short, who initially said Tuesday that he hadn’t yet been informed of any decision, resigned Tuesday afternoon.
Short’s ouster is Scaramucci’s first warning shot to White House aides who have been perceived as disloyal to the president. In an echo of Trump’s not-so-subtle warning to Jeff Sessions about his status as attorney general, Scaramucci’s vow to “fire everybody” is a warning to staffers perceived as leakers.
It appears Short was offered the opportunity to resign before getting fired, as Axios tweeted a confirmation of this decision.
Text message just now from Michael Short: “I have resigned.”
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) July 25, 2017
Michael Short worked on the Trump campaign, placed there by Preibus and the RNC, until he jumped ship after the Access Hollywood tapes emerged in October, apparently convinced that Trump no longer stood a chance at winning the election. Like most establishment Republicans, he was proven wrong in November.
Breitbart News reports that Short was only working in the White House because of Reince Preibus’s decision to bring him back onboard, despite quitting in October, and his connection to the RNC.
“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.”
Michael Short was long suspected to be a leaker and loyal to the former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh, who ironically was also fired due to suspected of being a leaker and who came along with Reince Priebus from the RNC.
Many of the top appointments in the Trump administration came from the direct recommendation of Chief of Staff Reince Preibus, who despite his work on the Trump campaign last year was never considered to be a staunch support of the president’s “America First” message.
Preibus has long been disdained by Trump’s voters, who view him as part of the establishment swamp that should be “drained” from the Trump administration, and government all together.
It appears a trend is emerging within the Trump administration. Those with no connection to the RNC or establishment politicians can be trusted to do the right thing, uphold Trump’s agenda and purge leakers from their positions. Anyone from the RNC, including Reince Preibus, are loyal to their party before the American people and President Trump, which makes them even more dangerous than the anti-American Democrats working to oust Trump from office.