White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was removed from his position on Monday, just five days after he started the job, according to reports.
"Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Scaramucci's departure comes just 10 days after President Trump announced he was hiring him as communications director, and it was Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly, who requested he be removed, according to the New York Times.
Scaramucci will also depart before White House press secretary Sean Spicer will leave his job in mid-August. Spicer resigned earlier this month in protest of Scaramucci's hiring.
The Wall Street financier's brief tenure at the White House was mired in controversy.
Scaramucci vowed to tamp down on the leaks coming out of the White House and threatened to fire the entire White House staff to eliminate the unauthorized spread of information coming out of the West Wing.
"I'm going to fire everybody. That's how I'm going to do it," Scaramucci told reporters last week. "You're either going to stop leaking, or you're going to be fired."
Scaramucci also went on a profanity-laced tirade with a reporter for the New Yorker, insulting former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
After Scaramucci was hired, more departures from the White House's press team were expected, and there were any questions about how Kelly — sworn in Monday morning — would work with the new communications director, a hard-charging, unapologetic Wall Street financier who is a fierce defender of Trump.
"He's the most competitive person I've ever met," Scaramucci told reporters of Trump last week. "OK? I've seen this guy throw a dead spiral through a tire. I've seen him at Madison Square Garden with a topcoat on. He's standing in the key; he's hitting foul shots and swishing them, all right? He sinks 30-foot putts."
"I don't see this guy as a guy that's ever under siege. That's a very, very competitive person. Obviously, there's a lot of incoming that comes into the White House, but the president's a winner, OK? And that's what we're going to do is we're going to do a lot of winning."
Though members of the Trump family urged the president to tap Scaramucci for the role of White House communications director, some of Trump's closest allies warned that Scaramucci was doing more to hurt the president than help him.
"I think Scaramucci is full of himself," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in an interview last week. "I think he got down here from New York, and he is all excited. Frankly, he is talking more than he is thinking. He needs to slow down and learn the business."
Gingrich also accused Scaramucci of being "more pugnacious than effective."