Mail sent to Harvard alumni this week indicated that former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was dead, reported Reuters.
In an interview last week, the former Wall Street financier used unparliamentary language against his White House colleagues and threatened to fire everyone from the White House who leaked information. Once we get past the "new sheriff in town" narrative in which his competence will be the main story, it may be that his agenda is not dissimilar from Scaramucci's: to purge the White House of traditional Republicans who want to protect the country from Trump's whims.
Kelly's appointment will hopefully stabilize the White House, and his appointment might also allow Trump to finally reinvent what the Republican Party stands for. The former communications director is a 1989 alumnus of Harvard Law School.
The directory is published every five years and is only available to alumni. If Gen. Kelly fired Scaramucci to restore order to the White House communications office, as The New York Times claims, then appointing an advisor who has been roundly mocked and famously parodied on Saturday Night Live probably isn't the way to do it.
Trump has yet to make a statement on the matter, although he was reportedly unhappy with Scaramucci's performance.
The biggest loser has to be what's left of the establishment GOP. "And you already have him in place, he knows the president, he's loyal to the team".
The risk in this endeavor for President Donald Trump is simple, just as it was with President Obama. If General John Kelly is not the Chief of Staff a year from now, or if there is still this sense of dysfunction emanating from the White House, the Nation will not see him as the issue. To see a prime example of that dishonesty, one only has to look at the recent attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare and how President Barack Obama's signature accomplishment was saved by Republican senators. Let's see if General John Kelly can get President Trump to learn that lesson quickly.