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Scaramucci cancels plans to speak to media

Scaramucci cancels plans to speak to media
Posted at 6:46 AM, Aug 03, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci will no longer host an online event Friday, according to a tweet posted on his personal Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

"No Press Event Tomorrow: Focusing on Family, My Work in The Private Sector. #MovingForward Stay Tuned!" Scaramucci's tweet reads.

Following his departure from the White House after just five days as communications director, Scaramucci said he was planning to host on Friday an online event, during which he would address the American people directly.



Scaramucci said the event would give him the opportunity to reach and communicate with the President's base.

Although his time as communications director was notably short, Scaramucci told CNN he only anticipated being in the position six to nine months. Scaramucci said he was brought into the White House as a "special purpose vehicle" to disrupt the culture of leaking and counterproductive infighting.

On Wednesday, CNN obtained an internal memo that detailed his other goals, which included things like trying to improve press relations and create more content from within the White House.

Scaramucci was firedfrom the Trump administration by new chief of staff John Kelly days after a New Yorker article detailed a conversation between Scaramucci and reporter Ryan Lizza. During the profanity-laced conversation, Scaramucci accused former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus of being the source of West Wing leaks and said "I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own c--k," among other things.

Scaramucci said he believes his story is being misconstrued, however, and said had he known he was speaking on the record he would have not spoken in such a vulgar manner on behalf of the President.

However, Scaramucci told CNN he still considers his short tenure in the White House successful. Both former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Priebus left during his time as communications director.

Scaramucci told CNN he believes he was the target of both parties, and that the media has painted him as a loose cannon.

Before Thursday's announcement, Scaramucci had told CNN he planned to stay out of public view following Friday's event until after Labor Day, when he will announce his next venture after he evaluate his various media and finance-related opportunities.

UPDATE: This story has been updated with Scaramucci's cancellation of his online event.

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