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24 July 2017

Who is Anthony Scaramucci? Donald Trump’s White House Director of Communications – all you need to know

WALL Street bigwig Anthony Scaramucci’s appointment as White House communications director saw the president’s press secretary resign in protest.

But who is the entrepreneur turned spin doctor and why did he inspire such a strong reaction. Here’s all we know.

Anthony Scaramucci will be the White House's new communications director
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Anthony Scaramucci will be the White House’s new communications director[/caption]

Who is Anthony Scaramucci?

Anthony Scaramucci is an entrepreneur and financier who US president Donald Trump has made White House communications director.

Scaramucci, 52, has known Trump for years and served as an adviser on his transition team repeatedly defending the president.

But he hasn’t always been as supportive of Trump’s policies and admitted deleting tweets that could embarrass his new boss.

Born in Manhattan Scaramucci, nicknamed The Mooch, worked for Goldman Sachs before starting SkyBridge Capital in 2005, which made his millions.

In June 2017  he was appointed a senior vice president and chief strategy officer at the US Export-Import Bank – the government’s export credit agency.

He is expected to start his new role in August after leaving the bank.

Scaramucci, who studied at Harvard Law School, has also hosted TV show Wall Street Week and appeared on Fox News as well as having written three books.

What does the White House communications director do?

The White House communications director is one of the president’s senior staff members.

In the role Scaramucci will be responsible for developing the agenda of the president and leading his media campaign.

The president has the power to appoint someone to the role, without senate approval.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned over the appointment
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Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned over the appointment[/caption]

Was Anthony Scaramucci’s appointment controversial?

Donald Trump’s decision to hire Anthony Scaramucci was reportedly the reason the president’s press secretary Sean Spicer decided to resign after six months in the role.

Spicer reportedly told the president the appointment was a “major mistake”.

He had been serving a dual role as press secretary and communications director since May when former comms boss Michael Dubke resigned.

In January the Wall Street veteran, who is close friends with Donald Trump Jr, had been linked to a job in the Office of Public Liaison, but this appeared to full through due to the length of time it would take him to pass conflict-of-interest checks.

In 2008 Scaramucci was a fundraiser for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, but had distanced himself from the then president by the 2012 election after accusing him of “whacking Wall Street”.

He had also praised Hillary Clinton as “extremely competent” and appeared to question Trump’s judgement in a now deleted tweet.

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