Thursday 14 December 2017

Revealed: 'Communications plan' Scaramucci wrote to the White House before he was fired

Anthony Scaramucci lost his job as White House communications director. Photo: AP
Anthony Scaramucci lost his job as White House communications director. Photo: AP
Sacked: Anthony Scaramucci. Photo: REUTERS

Helena Horton

Anthony Scaramucci was only in his job at the White House for a matter of days, but he had big plans for his time there before his untimely departure.

His plans for the role have been leaked to CNN - and they include ideas such as a special box for journalists to post suggestions and grievances in, and not letting staff leave the office until every email and text from journalists have been answered.

Mr Scaramucci, who has said he is now "going dark" while he focuses on his future after being ousted as communications chief, also said "comms should be run like a news channel".

He also appeared to be a fan of Kellyanne Conway, writing: "Comms should use Kellyanne Conway more. She has consistently been the President's most effective spokesperson, and she provides a direct link to the President's historic electoral victory."

Sacked: Anthony Scaramucci. Photo: REUTERS
Sacked: Anthony Scaramucci. Photo: REUTERS

The former communications advisor said he wanted the goings-on of the White House to be turned into videos which become "The Donald J Trump Show".

He wrote: " People are fascinated by the lives of their Presidents and the operation of the White House. POTUS is the greatest TV star in history. Comms should produce video content that constructively operates as 'The President Donald J. Trump' show. Obama scratched the surface of this. POTUS should take it to the next level."

Despite his disparaging comments about Steve Bannon, Mr Scaramucci appeared to initially want to seek his advice.

He wrote: "Meet with Steve Bannon (I want his insight and help. He presumably has an opinion on how Comms can operate more effectively)".

One innovation he thought of was to make a complaints box for journalists. He wrote: "Comms should establish a constructive "complaint box" for the media to make complaints. Where possible, Comms will seek to make changes that make sense. Regardless, relations with the media will improve if their complaints are welcomed and considered".

His attitude towards leakers was strict from the start.

Before he said he wanted to "kill all leakers", he wrote in his plan: "No more threats about leaking and internal game playing - anyone who takes actions that do not serve the President will be dismissed - period. We will eliminate the bad eggs and send a powerful message to the remaining staff that well-intentioned mistakes are acceptable, but misconduct is not."

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