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'We will eliminate the bad eggs': Document reveals Scaramucci had big plans before spectacular firing

The memo says people in the White House should leave their old grudges with the media behind… But also that they should never forget.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaking to members of the media at the White House.
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaking to members of the media at the White House.
Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais

A DETAILED MEMO written by Anthony Scaramucci reveals he had big plans for the White House communications team before he was dramatically fired.

Scaramucci, who lasted 11 days in the Communications Director role, set out his vision for the department in a document titled ‘Communications plan’.

The 53-year-old listed his priorities under five headings:

  • Improve the Culture
  • Comms is a Customer Service Operation—POTUS is the Number One Customer
  • Make the News—We Go First
  • Fill the Content Void
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

“Everything is possible with a good culture, nothing is possible without it,” he notes in the “improving the culture” section. He advocated that team members “build bridges and foster better working relationship” with members of the media.

POTUS can choose to fight with the media, but Comms can not.

“WH [White House] should leave old grudges behind, but never forget,” he ominously added.

The document is littered with corporate speak such as “Implement a series of professionalizing initiatives immediately” and “Upgrade talent incrementally — prioritize culture”.

The memo is dated 30 July which is two days after Scaramucci, or ‘Mooch’ as he is now known across the world, went on his infamous, expletive-laden rant about some of his White House colleagues. Another line in the document notes:

Make it clear that horn tooting and denigrating colleagues is unacceptable.

DC: Anthony Scaramucci's First Day Anthony Scaramucci answers reporter's questions during his first press briefing. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Ideas

Scaramucci’s admiration for his former boss shines brightly throughout the document. He refers to Trump as “the best golfer to serve as President” and the “greatest TV star in history”.

The investment banker did have some ideas that would be welcomed by journalists the world over. He said that no communication staffer should go home before returning all calls, emails and texts.

“People may not like our answers  –  but they should always be treated professionally and respectfully,” he wrote.

Leaks

The apparent obsession with leaks, that seems to have permeated throughout the Trump administration, is comprehensively addressed in the document.

“No more threats about leaking and internal game playing  –  anyone who takes actions that do not serve the President will be dismissed  –  period.

“We will eliminate the bad eggs and send a powerful message to the remaining staff that well-intentioned mistakes are acceptable, but misconduct is not.”

Number one customer

Scaramucci went into great detail outlining how he views the communications department as a customer service operation, with the president as their number one customer.

He spoke of a need to “humanize” the president and “burnish” his image. He put forward the idea of a lottery for the chance to play golf with Trump as a way to do this.

LPGA: U.S. Women's Open - Third Round President Donald Trump yells to spectators during the US Women's Open golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club-New Jersey. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

“Make the news”

Scaramucci describes how the department needs to operate like a news channel complete with producers, scripts and narration. “An effective Comms shop will dictate the news of the day on most days,” he states.

Comms needs to better explain how POTUS’s actions are helping Americans. For example, deregulation is an abstract concept to most voters.

He also says that people need to start work earlier. “Tomorrow will be won today. Tomorrow morning is too late.”

He detailed plans for the White House to increase the amount of “visual, video and graphical images” that it produces so it can control the news cycle.

This would include Trump regularly writing op-ed pieces for major publications, taking questions from real citizens via Facebook live and “modernized fireside chats” where POTUS sits with a Cabinet member or senior official to discuss the relevant issues.

Tweet by @Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 Source: Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸/Twitter

The plan was published last night by right-wing media personality Mike Cernovich.

Intriguingly, though perhaps not accurately, Scaramucci’s scorching hot career as a newsmaker may not be over.

Cernovich tweeted that, following his firing, Scaramucci will be setting up “an off-West Wing communications shop with the sole purpose of helping the President”. He added that Scaramucci will announce the news within two days.

READ: ‘Hired’ to ‘Fired’: What Scaramucci did on each of his 11 days in the White House>

READ: Russia is NOT happy about Donald Trump imposing new sanctions>

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