White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was sacked on Monday after just 10 days in the job, sparking an explosion of memes and gags on social media.
The White House announced the colourful, former Wall Street financier would “be leaving his role as White House Communications Director”, in what was a turbulent and headline-storming 10 days.
“Mr Scaramucci felt it was best to give (newly appointed) Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”
The President had given “full authority” to Kelly, who took over as White House chief of staff on Monday [US time] to craft his own team and “bring a new structure to the White House and discipline and strength”, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
Mr Scaramucci issued a profanity-laced tirade against former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, last week as well as against chief strategist Steve Bannon, reported in The New Yorker magazine.
Despite the tumult and turbulence of the past week, Mr Trump put on a brave face on social media tweeting there was “no White House chaos!”
“Overall, I think we’re doing incredibly well. The economy is doing incredibly well, and many other things,” Mr Trump also said at the start of a Cabinet meeting.
The internet wasted no time in reacting to Mr Scaramucci’s demise mostly with humour, but also with a tinge of regret at the departure of a figure who had brought such colour and controversy to the White House.
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Even the usually pro-Trump New York Post got in on the act.
A consistent theme was the brevity of Mr Scaramucci’s tenure in the top job.
Sure, in real time the Mooch only lasted 10 days, but in Trump Administration Time, that's like 7 years.
— Austin Gilkeson 🐙 (@osutein) July 31, 2017
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— The Hummingbird (@SaysHummingbird) July 31, 2017
SNL writers reacting after the MOOCH is let loose.😀😁😂🤣 pic.twitter.com/8QVnZMWt38
— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) August 1, 2017
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