By Dru Barcelo
On July 21, 2017, 52-year-old New Yorker Anthony Scaramucci was appointed as the new White House Communications Director. He will be the man who will face the press, acting as our window into what is going on within the White House.
Graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Scaramucci made his name as a financier working for Goldman Sachs, and later going on to create SkyBridge Capital: the global alternative investment firm which has led him to become a multi-millionaire. His appearance would become more well-known after being the host of the Wall Street Week for Fox Business.
Though he is not known for his press relations skills, he has proven himself to be an adamant defender of the President, considering that they have known each other for over 20 years; and having nothing but good words for him and previous Director of Communications, Sean Spicer who had just resigned, stating that “Sean is a true American patriot.”
He worked on the Trump campaign working on Trump’s fundraiser, going on to be a “strident defender” of the President.
However, he has not always been a supporter of the GOP. In 2008, he openly aided the Obama campaign, acting as a fundraiser. He was the voice for Wall Street; but between the 2008 and 2012 elections, he became critical of Obama’s Wall Street policies. By 2012, he joined Republican candidate–Obama’s opposing candidate–Mitt Romney’s finance team.
Once President Trump was inaugurated, he was reportedly being considered for a White House role in the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs. The job was given to Former Ideagen CEO George Sifakis, leaving Scaramucci on the sidelines.
This was not the end of the road for Scaramucci. With former Communication Director Mike Dubke resigned, he stole the spotlight and on July 21 he was appointed Communications Director. And now he stands behind the podium.