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Anthony Scaramucci out as White House communications director


The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump's new chief of staff will have "full authority" to bring structure and discipline to the White House.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says all West Wing staff will report to John Kelly, Trump's former Homeland Security Secretary, who was named Monday as the new chief of staff.

Sanders is also clarifying why Trump's new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, was let go from his job only 11 days after being appointed.

Sanders says the president believes Scaramucci's recent off-color remarks to The New Yorker were "inappropriate." She says Scaramucci will not have a position in the administration.

Sanders says, "What matters most to us is not who is employed at the White House but who is employed in the rest of the country."

3:15 p.m.

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."

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 was sworn in Monday as chief of staff.

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.

2:55 p.m.

Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job.

A person close to Scaramucci confirmed his ouster just hours after President Donald Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly, was sworn into office.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the change before it was officially announced.

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

The New Yorker magazine published an interview Thursday in which Scaramucci went on a profanity-laden tirade against Reince Priebus, then chief of staff.

Kelly, a retired general and previous Homeland Security secretary, was sworn into his new job Monday morning.

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