On Friday, July 21, Donald Trump appointed Anthony Scaramucci as the White House’s communications director. Scaramucci is replacing Mike Dubke, who resigned in May. The decision prompted former Press Secretary Sean Spicer to resign in order to “give the president and new team a clean slate,” he told CNN. Principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over his job after he leaves in August.
Soon after his appointment, Scaramucci tweeted, “Btw my political views don’t matter I serve @POTUS pay attention to his!” But there’s a lot to know about him that could influence what he brings to the White House. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.
1. He’s worked on Wall Street.
Scaramucci is the founder of the investment firm SkyBridge Capital, which was worth almost $12 billion when he sold it to a Chinese consortium in January, NBC reports. He’s also served as a vice president at Goldman Sachs—where he was working when he first met Trump—and cofounded the asset and portfolio management firm Oscar Capital Management. He’s drawn on these experiences to write three books about finance and business, the BBC reports.
2. He used to host a TV show.
Scaramucci is the former host of Fox Business’s Wall Street Week, which describes itself as “a weekly primetime half-hour program that brings together Wall Street titans to discuss emerging economic trends with a special focus on educating and empowering long-term investors.” That’s not the only appearance he’s made on the small screen, though. He’s defended Trump on news programs on multiple occasions, the BBC reports.
3. He raised money for the Trump campaign – but didn’t always support it.
Back in 2008, Scaramucci actually fundraised for Obama, according to NBC. In the 2016 race for the Republican nomination, he initially supported Scott Walker and then Jeb Bush, calling Trump “another hack politician,” “an inherited-money dude from Queens County,” and “anti-American,” according to The Guardian. However, once they were out of the race, Scaramucci became one of the Trump campaign’s top fundraisers. Aside from fundraising, though, he’s never been involved in politics before.
4. He’s praised Trump’s Twitter usage.
“I love the president and the president is a very, very effective communicator,” Scaramucci said on Friday, according to NBC. He added that the president’s social media presence has “been a very effective use to reach the American people effectively, and I welcome him to continue to do that.” The Wall Street Journal reported in May that Trump’s team had staged an intervention over his use of Twitter, but if Scaramucci’s statements are any indication, he won’t be part of those efforts.
5. He’s earned himself a few nicknames.
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