Anthony Scaramucci is the newly minted White House communications director who promised to be tough on leakers, and he’s following through on his word.
Tuesday morning, news broke that the New York hedge fund manager found and then fired the first of what’s almost certainly many leakers, and his close ties to Reince Priebus are troubling for anyone who’s a fan of the President. Breitbart News reported that Michael Short, who worked on President Trump’s campaign and quit unexpectedly, was fired first thing this morning over being one of the suspected leakers damaging the White House.
Short was brought onto Trump’s campaign by Priebus, but abruptly quit after the Access Hollywood tape hit the news. However, on the first day Team Trump entered the White House, Short was back on the staff, much to the bewilderment of other staffers still upset over his prior departure.
But now, it looks like they’re not going to have to worry any longer. There’s a new sheriff in town, and just as he promised over the weekend, he’s not going to put up with any B.S.
Scaramucci last night: "I'll fire all of you." Looks like there may be a new sheriff in town… https://t.co/Yw8yMaVfjm
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) July 25, 2017
Politico’s Tara Palmeri was the first to report the news.
“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.”
Short originally worked for the Trump campaign—placed on it by Priebus—and quit the campaign, sources tell Breitbart News, after the Access Hollywood tape came out. Politico confirmed this report, noting that Short walked out in the middle of the campaign leaving his computer behind only to show back up in January at the behest of the Republican National Committee (RNC) allies in the White House.
“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.”
Multiple White House sources tell Breitbart News that Short was a leaker, and worked closely with now former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh—another RNC wing official who was terminated earlier this year for her own suspected leaking.
President Trump hired Scaramucci against the wishes of Priebus, and even coordinated meetings with him without letting Priebus know, and now we know why. According to Palmeri, the President felt betrayed by Priebus for bringing in a staffer who abandoned him during the campaign.
to Trump, it was a betrayal by Priebus to bring a staffer into the White House who quit the campaign https://t.co/swvB1LJEVo
— Tara Palmeri (@tarapalmeri) July 25, 2017
Knowing how both Trump and Scaramucci are, this firing is likely only the first of many to come, which will also likely include Priebus himself.