WASHINGTON (CN) – Ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Thursday abruptly bailed on an announced online event minutes after audio of his expletive-laced rant to a New Yorker reporter was released by the magazine.
Scaramucci had intended to address President Trump’s base of supporters across several internet platforms on Friday and presumably offer his own gloss on leaving the White House. Former Fox News co-president Bill Shine was to help him host the event.
Instead, he tweeted, “No Press Event Tomorrow: Focusing on Family, My Work in The Private Sector. #MovingForward Stay Tuned!”
The president’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, fired Scaramucci just 11 days into his stint serving the Trump administration, and just days after The New Yorker published his profanity-ridden rant to reporter Ryan Lizza.
During the rant, Scaramucci took aim at White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and placed the blame for West Wing leaks on former chief of staff Reince Priebus.
On Wednesday CNN also reported on an internal memo detailing Scaramucci’s goals for the communication’s team, which included making more positive announcements and capitalizing on Trump’s status as “the greatest TV star in history.”
The memo recommends publicizing unnoticed achievements and wins at various levels of government, and giving them “a Reaganesque ‘happy warrrior’ image.”
The memo also proposes 15-20 minute “modernized fireside chats” with cabinet members, possibly hosted by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders or presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, who the memo said should be utilized more.
“She has consistently been the president’s most effective spokesperson, and she provides a direct link to the President’s historic electoral victory,” the memo states.
According to Scaramucci’s plan, the White House should exercise more control over who talks to the media: “We want our people talking not the press.”
The memo also encourages the communications team to humanize President Trump and bolster his “funny and irreverent side.” – Developing story.