President Donald Trump famously boasted during the campaign of his intention to hire only, “the best people.” But a public feud with former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is just the latest example to pour cold water on that idea.
“I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people,” Trump told the Washington Post in 2015 after severing his ties to longtime political adviser Roger Stone. “We want top of the line professionals.”
But the president continued his war against his short-serving communications director on Tuesday, calling Scaramucci “another disgruntled former employee who got fired for gross incompetence!”
Just another disgruntled former employee who got fired for gross incompetence! https://t.co/63VhfqQwhx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
Scaramucci is far from the only former White House staffer or Trump ally to receive this treatment after concluding their time with the president. Trump has urged those in search of a good lawyer to look elsewhere from his former confidant, Michael Cohen. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been deemed, “dumb as a rock,” and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had his accent mocked by the president in a speech.
If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018
After firing Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who Trump had previously fired multiple times on his “Apprentice” reality show, the president claimed he only hired her in the first place because she begged for a job.
Anthony Scaramucci further explained his new vocal criticism of the president in a Washington Post op-ed published on Monday.
“I’m not seeking absolution. I just want to be part of the solution,” Scaramucci wrote, attempting to address criticism that his comments on the president are simply a self-serving effort to rehabilitate his image. “The negatives of Trump’s demagoguery now clearly outweigh the positives of his leadership, and it is imperative that Americans unite to prevent him from serving another four years in office.”
Scaramucci is only the latest Trump ally to be attacked by the president, but if more former allies continue to come forward and publicly criticize their former boss, it’s unlikely he’ll be the last.