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    Anthony Scaramucci , who until recently was Trump's communications director, has followed former Chief of Staff Reince Preibus out of the door of the White House; although General John Kelly will steady the ship, some members of the Trump administration will probably leave of their own volition, analyst Nikita Danyuk told Radio Sputnik.

    White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci resigned from his position on Monday after a tumultuous ten days in charge. US President Donald Trump and his new Chief of Staff General John Kelly requested Scaramucci's resignation after he aired profanity-laced tirades about other members of the Trump administration.

    Scaramucci repeatedly clashed with now-fired Chief of Staff Reince Preibus. He had a colorful interview with The New Yorker in which he claimed he wasn't like White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon because he didn't "try to suck his own d*ck." In the same interview, "The Mooch" called Preibus a "f*cking paranoid schizophrenic."

    According to the New York Times, the removal of Scaramucci, nicknamed "the Mooch," was at the request of Kelly, a four-star general who has undertaken to bring unruly elements of the White House into line.

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained that the President had felt that Scaramucci's remarks were "inappropriate."

    "The President certainly felt that Anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position and he didn't want to burden General Kelly," Sanders told a briefing on Monday.

    Nikita Danyuk, assistant director at the Institute for Strategic Studies and Predictions of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, told Radio Sputnik that the President had turned to Scaramucci because he was a fierce Trump loyalist who promised to fight for his boss in a way that his predecessor Sean Spicer couldn't.

    "Scaramucci is a unique case: this person has never been a specialist in journalism, communications or PR, this is a man from the world of finance. The fact that he appointed himself a fierce fighter against those who are 'leaking' information from the White House helped him to earn the support of Donald Trump. However, his inability to control his behavior and communicate with journalists gave rise to this scandal, which convinced Donald Trump that this person does not possess the right professional qualities and brought discord to the White House instead of rallying it," Danyuk said.

    "Scaramucci had to report not to the White House chief of staff, but to Donald Trump. That is, in a sense Donald Trump gave him carte blanche and instead of using this opportunity wisely, this guy literally in the first few days initiated a scandal. That's why John Kelly, whose main aim is now to consolidate the White House, took the correct decision and dismissed Scaramucci. But at the same time, I am sure that Donald Trump approved it [the decision]."

    Danyuk said that the White House reshuffle is an attempt by Trump to improve his currently testy relationship with the press.

    "I think the main reason for this game of musical chairs among the staff is that Donald Trump sees the problem not in his politics and not in his management style, but in the absence of proper communication, including with journalists."

    The appointment of General John Kelly should impose more discipline in the White House but while Kelly may be able to steady the ship, others could nevertheless decide to jump from Trump's administration, Danyuk said.

    "As for further moves, I am sure that John Kelly, who is very experienced, will try to consolidate the White House team and more departures in the near future are not to be expected. Nevertheless, taking into account that there is an investigation going on about the Trump campaign, that he is at risk of impeachment, there might be some departures. People who think strategically realize that it's better to leave a ship before it sinks," Danyuk said.


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