Report: Scaramucci rumored to succeed Priebus as White House chief of staff


While Anthony Scaramucci was named White House Communications Director just days ago, there are already murmurs about him taking on another role in the Trump administration.

Politico reports, citing inside sources, that Scaramucci is among the candidates to replace chief of staff Reince Priebus.

The publication notes, "Priebus took the punishing job of President Donald Trump's chief of staff with the idea that he would stick it out for at least one year."

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While he reportedly still intends to do so, there has been a notable shift in favor towards outsiders and away from the political establishment.

That change has not been without resistance.

According to Politico, Priebus was "opposed to hiring Scaramucci, saying the former financier had no prior experience in government communications."

During a press conference on Friday, Scaramucci addressed his relationship with Priebus, commenting, "Reince and I have been personal friends for six years. We are a little bit like brothers where we rough each other up once in a while, which is totally normal for brothers."

However, he also indicated that he intends to take direction directly from Trump, not the chief of staff.

Since the announcement of his new role, Scaramucci has been effusive in his praise for the president, despite being critical of him in the past.

The incoming communications director said during the briefing, "I think he's got some of the best political instincts in the world and perhaps in history. When you think about it he started his political ascent two years and two months ago, and he's done a phenomenal job for the American people."