White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is willing to go to some extreme lengths in order to stop leaks to the media.
Scaramucci, whom President Donald Trump named to the top communications post last week, said Tuesday during an interview with Politico that if stopping leaks about the administration means firing most of the people on the White House communications team, he's willing to do that.
“I’m committed to taking the comms shop down to [press secretary] Sarah [Huckabee Sanders] and me, if I can’t get the leaks to stop,” Scaramucci said.
The sweeping statement came days after Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary after just six months on the job. Multiple reports indicated that Spicer's resignation further pitted the New York faction of the White House against the Washington, D.C., establishment faction.
Perhaps illustrating that tension better than anything else were reports Tuesday that assistant press secretary Michael Short, who is part of the D.C. faction, is on the ropes. Scaramucci on Tuesday threatened to can Short if he wasn't able to stop the leaks.
Asked about reports of his impending ouster on Tuesday morning, Short told Politico, “I have not been informed of any decision."
Short also said any allegations suggesting that he leaked information are "demonstrably false."
Scaramucci reportedly met with the entire White House communications team on Monday. He told Politico that he "offered amnesty in the meeting." That decision, Scaramucci added, is ultimately "above my rank," meaning that at the end of the day, the choice to shake up the communications team is up to the president himself.
While the futures of a number of White House officials remain unclear, there are at least two members of Trump's communications team — social media director Dan Scavino and communications strategist Hope Hicks — whose jobs appear safe.
Scavino and Hicks are both longtime aides to Trump, having worked for the former billionaire businessman in New York at the Trump Organization.