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Anthony Scaramucci has been removed as White House Communications Director after less than 10 days in the post.

The former Wall Street financier had drawn criticism after calling a New Yorker reporter to give a profanity-laced tirade against his own colleagues.

President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and spokesman, Sean Spicer, both left their posts after Anthony Scaramucci’s appointment.

Chief of staff Gen. John Kelly, sworn in on July 31, fired Anthony Scaramucci.

President Trump was also unhappy with Anthony Scaramucci’s performance, the White House confirmed.

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His spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said the president thought Anthony Scaramucci’s comments to the reporter “were inappropriate for a person in that position”.

Anthony Scaramucci has not been moved to another White House role, she added.

President Trump had tweeted in the morning about job and wage figures, and insisted there is “No WH chaos”, referring to reports about fighting among White House staff.

Anthony Scaramucci, The Mooch, as he is widely known, had boasted of reporting directly to the president, rather than to his chief of staff.

Gen. John Kelly, who had formerly served as secretary of homeland security, was sworn in on July 31at the White House.

The resignation of Reince Priebus came on July 28 after Anthony Scaramucci posted and then deleted a tweet which many interpreted as an accusation and a threat against Priebus.

Anthony Scaramucci also called a reporter to attack Reince Priebus as a “paranoid schizophrenic” and accuse him of leaking information to the media.

During the on-the-record phone call, he also made vulgar statements about chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Anthony Scaramucci also pledged to fire every member of the communications team, as part of his crusade against “leakers”.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer wants to minimize talk of divisions within the Trump administration after announcing his resignation.

Sean Spicer is reportedly stepping down because he is unhappy with President Donald Trump’s appointment of a new communications director.

However, he told Fox News he had “no regrets” about his six-month stint.

Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has been picked for the role that Sean Spicer had partially filled.

The shake-up at the White House comes amid several investigations into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election and whether Donald Trump’s campaign team colluded with Moscow.

“The president obviously wanted to add to the team, more than anything,” Sean Spicer told interviewer Sean Hannity.

“I just thought it was in the best interest of our communications department, of our press organization, to not have too many cooks in the kitchen.

“Without me in the way, they have a fresh start, so that I’m not lurking over them.”

Sean Spicer, 45, defended President Trump’s agenda, saying it was an honor and a privilege to serve him, and hit out at what he termed “media bias”.

He said: “I was increasingly disappointed about the way the media here do their job – or don’t do their job.”

Sean Spicer also said he had told President Trump he “would stay on for a few weeks to achieve a smooth transition”, and was looking forward to spending more time with his family.

Meanwhile, President Trump wrote on Twitter: “Sean Spicer is a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media – but his future is bright!”

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The New York Times reported that Sean Spicer had “vehemently” disagreed with the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci, which he believed to be a “major mistake”.

Sean Spicer’s often chaotic press briefings over the past six months were a cable news hit, but in recent weeks he had withdrawn from appearances in front of the camera.

In an assured debut, Sean Spicer attended Friday afternoon’s news conference to announce that Sarah Huckabee Sanders, formerly his deputy, would step into his shoes.

“I love the president and it’s an honor to be here,” Anthony Scaramucci said, adding: “He is genuinely a wonderful human being.”

Anthony Scaramucci, who has no previous experience in communications roles, paid tribute to Sean Spicer as “a true American patriot” and “incredibly gracious”.

“I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money,” he added.

Anthony Scaramucci also apologized and said he had been “unexperienced” as he explained his previous criticism of Donald Trump.

In an August 2015 interview with Fox Business, Anthony Scaramucci dismissed Donald Trump as a “hack” and “an inherited money dude” with “a big mouth”.

Anthony Scaramucci is currently senior vice-president of the Export-Import Bank, a government agency which guarantees loans for foreign buyers of American exports.


Shree Chauhan, an American citizen of Indian descent, has accused White House press secretary Sean Spicer of racism after an exchange in an Apple store in Washington.

The 33-year-old woman challenged Sean Spicer as he was shopping, asking: “How does it feel to work for a fascist?” – referring to President Donald Trump.

Sean Spicer replied: “It’s such a great country that allows you to be here.”

Shree Chauhan recorded the encounter and posted it online, drawing 300,000 views since March 11.

She has been attacked online since posting the video, with critics branding her “vile” and accusing her of harassment.

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When asked by reporters about the encounter, Sean Spicer said: “I interact with individuals all day long. Ninety-nine percent of them are pleasant, even with people who may not agree with our philosophy or programs, whatever.”

“It’s a free country and people can act how they want, no matter how that’s interpreted.

“And as long as they stay on the right side of the First Amendment, we’re good.”

The footage shows Sean Spicer responding to the initial barb, about working for a fascist, by smiling and saying: “We have a great country.”

Shree Chauhan, the founder of an education start-up, then asks him: “Have you helped with the Russia stuff – are you a criminal as well? Have you committed treason, too, just like the president?”

Sean Spicer can then be heard saying: “It’s such a great country that allows you to be here.”

“What can you tell me about Russia, Mr. Secretary?” the questioner persists.

Sean Spicer then walks away saying: “Thank you very much,” while Shree Chauhan repeats: “You know you work for a fascist, right?”

In a blog post, Shree Chauhan wrote that she is an American citizen who was born and raised in the United States.

She said she was “stunned” by the press secretary’s comment, writing: “That is racism and it is an implied threat.”

Shree Chauhan, who is the daughter of immigrants, acknowledged that she was “impolite” in her comments to the Trump aide.

She said she wanted to seize the “enormous opportunity… to get answers without the protections normally given to Mr. Spicer”.

Shree Chauhan hit back at her online critics, writing on Twitter: “I have clear feelings for the man who is a fascist’s spokesperson. Nazis weren’t stopped with niceties.”

It has been claimed that Sean Spicer’s remark – “it’s such a great country that allows you to be here” – may have meant it’s great that Americans can approach presidential aides even while they are out shopping.

Shree Chauhan has rejected that interpretation, saying that Sean Spicer should have said “it’s such a great country that allows dissent” if that was what he meant.

The White House has banned several media outlets from attending an informal press briefing.

The CNN, BBC, the New York Times and others were excluded from an audience with Press Secretary Sean Spicer, with no reason given.

It came hours after President Donald Trump delivered another attack on the media in his CPAC speech, saying that “fake news” was the “enemy of the people”.

President Trump has previously singled out CNN and the New York Times for criticism.

Recent reports claiming Donald Trump’s campaign aides had contact with Russian intelligence officials have particularly irked the president.

Shortly after his speech on February 24, a number of selected media organizations were invited into Sean Spicer’s office for an informal briefing, or “gaggle”.

Those allowed into the room included ABC, Breitbart News, Reuters, Fox News and the Washington Times.

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When asked why some were excluded, Sean Spicer said it was his decision to “expand the pool” of reporters.

Sean Spicer also warned the White House was going to “aggressively push back” at “false narratives” in the news.

Buzzfeed, the Daily Mail and Politico were also left out, but CNN was the only major TV network to be denied entry.

USA Today, Time magazine and the Associated Press refused to attend as a protest.

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said it was the first time such an exclusion had happened in the newspaper’s history.

A White House spokeswoman said they had invited a group which included all journalists in the press pool, which shares information with other reporters

“We decided to add a couple of additional people beyond the pool. Nothing more than that,” Sarah Sanders said.

During the briefing, Sean Spicer addressed reports that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had asked the FBI to publicly dispute media stories about contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Sean Spicer said Reince Priebus had little choice but to seek assistance in rejecting what Spicer said were inaccurate reports. The FBI did not issue the statement requested.

Donald Trump has been dogged by claims of alleged links to Moscow since his presidential campaign.

He asked for national security adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation last week after he misled VP Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador during the transition.

The White House Correspondents’ Association says it is “protesting strongly” about how the press briefing was handled by the White House.

President Donald Trump is seeking a tax on goods imported from Mexico and use the revenue to build a border wall, White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said.

Donald Trump’s plan was announced just after Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a visit to Washington, amid a row sparked by the question of who will pay for the wall.

On January 25, the president signed an executive order to create a wall on the US southern border with Mexico.

Making Mexico pay for it was one of Donald Trump’s key election campaign pledges.

However, President Enrique Pena Nieto has always insisted that will not happen and on January 26 he pulled out of next week’s White House meeting.

Hours later, Sean Spicer told reporters that President Trump had discussed the funding proposal with lawmakers, and that they are considering making it part of a tax reform package the US Congress is planning.

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Sean Spicer said that a 20% tax could generate approximately $10 billion in tax revenue per year.

He said aboard Air Force One: “Right now our country’s policy is to tax exports and let imports flow freely in, which is ridiculous.”

He added that the tax will “easily pay for the wall”.

The plan is still being finalized, Sean Spicer explained, saying that the tax could ultimately be as low as 5%.

The rift between the neighbors and trade partners has deepened just days into Donald Trump’s presidency.

After President Pena Nieto pulled out of the summit, Donald Trump said the meeting would have been “fruitless” if Mexico didn’t treat the US “with respect” and pay for the wall.

Earlier the Mexican leader said he “lamented” the plans for the barrier.

In a TV address, Enrique Pena Nieto told the nation: “I’ve said time and again: Mexico won’t pay for any wall.”

The White House has defended Donald Trump’s voter fraud claim, saying that the president believes that millions of people voted illegally in the US election based on “studies and evidence”.

Press secretary Sean Spicer said President Trump “does believe that”, but offered no evidence to support the claim when pressed by reporters.

Donald Trump has repeated his claim to explain why he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

However, any notion of widespread voter fraud has been widely rejected.

Sean Spicer told reporters on January 24: “He continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that people have presented to him.”

The press secretary’s comments came after President Trump told congressional leaders behind closed doors on January 23 that three to five million undocumented immigrants had illegally voted in the election.

Donald Trump, who first made the claim in a late November tweet, has never provided any evidence.

Fact-checkers have rejected it as untrue and Republican election officials in key states have said they found no proof of fraudulent voting.

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On January 24, the National Association of Secretaries of State said it had confidence in the “systemic integrity of our election process” and was not aware of any evidence related to Donald Trump’s claims.

Hillary Clinton received nearly three million votes more than Donald Trump, who won the presidency by prevailing in so-called swing states.

Republicans admonished Donald Trump and urged him to drop the matter a day after the closed doors meeting with congressional leaders.

Senator Lindsey Graham called the comments “inappropriate”, adding that Donald Trump should “knock this off”.

He continued that President Trump “seems to be obsessed with the idea that he could not have possibly lost the popular vote without cheating and fraud”.

House Speaker Paul Ryan also said there was no evidence to support Donald Trump’s claims.

Republican Pennsylvania Representative Charlie Dent also weighed in, saying Donald Trump needed to move on and “get to the serious business of governing”.

Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders said it was “nonsensical” and he feared Donald Trump was paving the way for Republican governors to “go forward with voter suppression”.