Some White House aides are calling a short period of time a 'Mooch'
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Some White House aides have reportedly taken to calling a short period of time a “Mooch," the nickname of former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciAnn Coulter believes Kushner wrote anonymous op-ed bashing Trump Spicer: People at White House are 'burnt out' Scaramucci: John McCain, an inspiration for a day of unity MORE.
The Associated Press reported the detail in a story Tuesday looking back at a particularly tumultuous two weeks of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE's tenure over the summer that was punctuated by a senior staff shakeup at the White House.
"The Mooch" had an exceptionally short tenure as communications director in the Trump White House, lasting only 10 days after a profanity-laced July 26 phone interview with then-New Yorker political correspondent Ryan Lizza helped prompt his ouster.
Scaramucci had unloaded on then-White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusRepublican Party chief to serve second term at Trump’s request Priebus: Republican voters energized by 'Kavanaugh effect' Kelly called Warren 'impolite,' 'arrogant:' report MORE during his phone call with Lizza, accusing the former Republican National Committee head of leaking details of a private dinner with Trump.
"Reince is a f---ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac," Scaramucci told Lizza on the call in an interview he later said he thought was off the record.
"I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f---ing strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country."
The White House press secretary at the time, Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerGuilfoyle says she'd be open to White House job if Trump asks Cramer's comments on Kavanaugh allegations under scrutiny in close N. Dakota race Spicer: Press have 'a personal animus' against Trump administration MORE, announced his intention to resign after Trump hired Scaramucci. Priebus also left, while Scaramucci was ousted days later when Trump tapped retired Gen. John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE to be his new chief of staff.
The AP's story on Tuesday, titled "13 Days in July: The Trump White House’s crucible," says that Scaramucci's interview with Lizza was only part of the reason for the Wall Street financier's dismissal from the White House.
"Trump was unwilling to share the spotlight with an aide, and came to believe Scaramucci had forgotten his place," the AP story reads.
The AP noted that "several advisers" said that internal bickering was considerably reduced and order restored once Kelly, a retired four-star general and Trump's Homeland Security secretary, replaced Priebus as chief of staff on July 28.
“Once myself, Reince and Steve were out of the picture, I think that moved the target off — it got people back to focus,” Spicer told the AP.