Anthony Scaramucci told a reporter that he was going to “go dark” for a while, but eventually, he would reemerge. Vicky Ward, Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post, spoke with Scaramucci soon after his short tenure in the White House ended. He seemed interested in justifying his tumultuous past.
Scaramucci began his post as communications director for Trump with a bang. He said after his first news briefing, “The president thought I killed it.” It was noted that Trump told him, “If you were 7 inches taller, I’d be worried.”
But the high only lasted a short time. A Politico reporter alerted Scaramucci that Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker tweeted that Scaramucci was a dinner with the president, first lady Melania Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity and former Fox News co-president Bill Shine. This sent Scaramucci into a furious spiral that led to a profanity laced phone call. He was upset that the dinner party information was leaked. Scaramucci was incensed that the guest list was incomplete and, didn’t mention the presence of Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, co-hosts of “Fox & Friends,” as well as White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and Vice President Mike Pence, who, he said, left before the sit-down dinner.
Scaramucci also knew that the full guest list also included Kimberly Guilfoyle, co-host of “The Five” on Fox News. Early the next morning, Olivia Nuzzi of New York Magazine confirmed that Guilfoyle was there. There were suspicions that Scaramucci and Guilfoyle were “more than friends.” He took the leak and information about the guest list as an attack.
Scaramucci called Ryan Lizza, and the interview is now infamous. He maintains that most of what he said was humorous and joking. He knows that legally, it was all “on the record,” but the spirit of it was “off.” He felt burned by Lizza, saying that “The Lizzas and Scaramuccis have been friends for over 50 years. My dad knew his dad from construction, and we were building a personal relationship.”
When Ryan Lizza was asked for a response, he wrote, “I’ve only known Anthony in his capacity as a Trump surrogate and then White House communications director. We are not and have never been ‘old family friends,’ though I think our fathers knew each other, so maybe that’s what he’s talking about. (The Long Island Italian world in that generation is relatively small.) But again, that would not be a reason to suppress an explosive on-the-record interview.”
By the time retired General John Kelly took over the Chief of Staff position in Trump’s White House, Scaramucci knew his time was limited. Kelly insisted that all staff report directly to him, and he asked for Anthony’s resignation.
That capped a tough ten days for Scaramucci. It had just been reported that his marriage to his 2nd wife was ending and that he had missed the birth of their son. He apparently sent his wife a congratulatory text.
When Ward, the Huffington Post Editor, spoke with Scaramucci, he sounded defeated and said, “I think I have strep.” He said that he didn’t have much to say about the collapse of his marriage. “It’s fine. I mean, what am I going to do?” It was in the same interview that Ward asked him what he was going to do next.
“I am now going to go dark,” he said.
“Then I will reemerge.” He paused. “As me.”
Source: Huffington Post