Scaramucci Out of White House Job as John Kelly Takes Charge

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says Anthony Scaramucci is leaving his job as communications director to give President Donald Trump's new chief of staff a "clean slate," after just eleven days on the job.

That's according to a statement by the press secretary. Scaramucci "felt it was best" and wants to give John Kelly "the ability to build his own team," the statement says. Kelly, a retired general and previous Homeland Security secretary, was sworn into his new job as chief of staff Monday morning.

Sean Spicer, who resigned as press secretary the day of Scaramucci's hiring, used the same "clean slate" language to explain his own departure 11 days ago. Spicer was in the White House Monday and has said he is helping during the communications transitions.

Scaramucci has been in the spotlight since he was first announced as communications director earlier this month.