- The Washington Times - Friday, July 21, 2017

President Trump is expected to hire Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci for the vacant communications director role, according to multiple reports.

Mr. Scaramucci is a longtime supporter of Mr. Trump’s and has made frequent television appearances on his behalf. His White House role would also focus primarily on the television side of communications, Politico reported.

Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to Mr. Trump, said Friday that Mr. Scaramucci has been “an incredible asset” to the president.

Anthony Scaramucci is someone who has been an incredible asset to President Trump during the campaign, transition and now he’s one of the killers on TV who goes out there, and always feels the president is being treated very unfairly,” Ms. Conway said on Fox News.

Amid reports that the communications team is dealing with turmoil and infighting, especially surrounding White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Ms. Conway added that Mr. Trump is pleased with the existing team.

“Speaking with the president and with others, we have a great communications team already. We have dozens of people that work there, and they work very hard against what is often a very hostile and skeptical press,” she said. “The president has confidence in all the people who work for him.”

Mr. Spicer resigned later in the afternoon over the Scaramucci hire.

Mr. Scaramucci was expected to take a White House role earlier this year, but instead was offered a role overseeing the Export-Import Bank.

He was also the subject of a botched CNN story involving his finances and a possible Russia connection. The story was later retracted with an apology from the news network.

Mike Dubke, former communications director, left his post earlier this year citing personal reasons.

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