President Trump has a new White House communications director: Anthony Scaramucci. The move has prompted a bit of a shakeup, as Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned from his position. What can people expect out of Scaramucci?
Here are seven things you need to know about him.
1. Scaramucci is a Wall Street hedge fund manager. He was Goldman Sachs' vice-president of Private Wealth Management and co-founder of Oscar Capital Management before founding SkyBridge Capital, the investment firm that now manages $11.4 billion in assets.
2. Scaramucci is known for being a media savant. Per The Atlantic:
Like Trump, Scaramucci’s knack was not so much business acumen — SkyBridge was a notably poorly performing fund — but salesmanship and courting the media. Nicknamed “the Mooch” by reporters, he hosted a splashy annual conference in Las Vegas and was a frequent media presence.
It's easy to see why Trump likes him.
3. Scaramucci has described his politics as being "socially inclusive, fiscally responsible." Scaramucci told Gawker in 2015 that's how he describes himself because he hates labels. He did say that he is a loyal Republican voter, with the exception of voting for Barack Obama in 2008.
While Scaramucci decried the gap in compensation between CEOs and workers in the interview, he said that school choice was a viable way to reduce compensation, and told people that they shouldn't victimize themselves over inequality.
"Life is unfair," Scaramucci said. "So the first thing you gotta do is end the bitterness and the disentitlement syndrome, where you're like 'I'm behind the eight ball so therefore I can't get out.'"
Scaramucci also said that people should reach out to "mentoring communities" and non-governmental organizations and avoid drugs.
In 2012, Scaramucci tweeted out support for gun control:
Scaramucci's other "socially inclusive" views include:
4. Scaramucci was critical of Trump in 2015. After Trump went after hedge fund managers, Scaramucci declared that Trump has "a big mouth."
"You're an inherited money dude from Queens County," Scaramucci said on Fox Business. "Bring it, Donald."
He also called Trump "another hack politician."
5. However, Scaramucci has become an ardent supporter of Trump. He served on the Trump campaign's fundraising committee and was on Trump's transition team. After a potential job as the Trump administration's business liaison fell through, Scaramucci has been working in the Export-Import Bank.
Scaramucci has been an attack dog against Trump's critics; some examples include: (H/T: Weekly Standard)
- Back in December, Scaramucci defended Trump’s waffling on climate change, saying that “there was overwhelming science that the earth was flat” and that “we get a lot of things wrong in the scientific community.”
- In January, he criticized media hysteria over Trump’s calling NATO obsolete, saying that people should stop “setting their hair on fire” and “don’t need to run around like crazy.”
- In February, he speculated on Twitter that the bombing of a Jewish community center might be connected to Democrats’ “effort to incite violence at Trump rallies.”
- In April, Scaramucci told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was “like Alexander Hamilton.” “He’s got the trust of the president. He’s very, very thoughtful. He knows how to bring people in,” he said. “That was Hamilton’s great gift at a very young age.”
- Scaramucci also shares his new boss’s distaste for the media. In June, after he was the subject of a now-retracted CNN story that attempted to link him to the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Scaramucci said that media organizations everywhere needed to “tighten up editorial standards.”
- “Once you start to lose your integrity and your reputation as a news organization, people start to get tone deaf,” he said on Fox & Friends.
Again, it's easy to see why Trump likes him.
6. Scaramucci's appointment as Trump's business liaison fell through over the sale of his stake in SkyBridge. The sale of his stake in January involved firms connected to the Chinese government. Scaramucci hasn't sold his stake in Skybridge yet; it was supposed to be finalized on June 30, but has faced a number of setbacks.
7. Spicer, Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon really didn't want Scaramucci to serve as Trump's communications director. "This was a murdering of Reince and Bannon," a chief White House official told Politico. "They said Anthony would get this job over their dead bodies."
Spicer was concerned that Scaramucci had zero experience in communications.
However, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, National Economic Director Gary Cohn, and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell all supported Scaramucci for the position; they won over Priebus, Bannon and Spicer.