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On Friday, there was a major shakeup in the White House. Press Secretary Sean Spicer officially resigned, though he’d been out of the spotlight in the briefing room for several weeks. He officially handed over the position to his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who you can read more about here. However, Spicer’s resignation came in tandem with Trump’s new hire as the Communications Director for the White House, Anthony Scaramucci. The position was formerly held by Mike Dubke, who resigned in May. Here’s what you need to know about Anthony Scaramucci.
1) The basics
Anthony Scaramucci is 53-years-old. Like Trump, he was based out of New York City prior to his new appointment. Raised in a middle-class Italian family in New York, he was a first-generation college student when he attended Tufts University for a degree in economics and then Harvard Law. Scaramucci is married to his wife, Deidre, and they have a son together, also named Anthony. He’s been a regular contributor on Fox News and Fox Business for several years. In addition, he is also a board member of Business Executives for National Security, Warrior Gateway, and the Brain Tumor Foundation.
2) His life before the White House
Like many people in the Trump administration, Scaramucci has an extensive background in business. Scaramucci got his start on Long Island, selling motorcycles in his uncle’s shop. After Harvard Law, he made money working in finance, both at Goldman Sachs and his own hedge-fund, SkyBridge. He served as national finance co-chair of Romney’s 2012 campaign and fundraised for Walker and Bush in the 2016 primary.
During the latter part of the 2016 campaign, Scaramucci worked hard to raise millions in donations for Trump, which no doubt helped him when he was lobbying for a job in the administration. Trump values loyalty. We all know that money speaks louder than words. Actually, Scaramucci was rumored to be joining to Trump administration for the previous six months, in a role at the Office of Government Ethics but that fell through. Ultimately, waiting paid off.
Anthony Scaramucci is also the author of three books, Goodbye Gordon Geckko, The Little Book of Hedge Funds, and Hopping over the Rabbit Hole.
3) His politics
While Scaramucci has been a big-time Trump supporter since the spring of 2016, he wasn’t always on the Trump train. Previously, he criticized some of Trump’s policy proposals, including building the wall, climate change skepticism, and pro-life rhetoric. He seems to be a social liberal based on his previous statements about abortion and gay marriage.
Scaramucci seems to prove that fundraising isn’t about politics, because while he’s been a familiar face on many political campaigns, he has made donations across partisan lines, including to Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and more.
4) His tweets
It wasn’t exactly surprising that as soon as Scaramucci’s appointment was announced people began scouring his old tweets for evidence of some wrong-doing or fun new jokes to make. Scaramucci got ahead of them when he made an announcement saying “Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters.” Of course, people have criticized that decision just as much as they criticized his tweets. That’s politics for you.