White House Communication Director Scrubs Appearance at Politicon


PASADENA (CNS) - After grabbing national headlines for a profanity-laced interview with The New Yorker, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has scrubbed plans to attend this weekend's Politicon convention in Pasadena -- although there is still a chance he could speak at the event remotely.

Event organizers were informed overnight that Scaramucci would no longer be appearing at a planned panel discussion on Sunday, officials told CBS2 and Variety. CBS2 reported that discussions were continuing to potentially have Scaramucci participate through a video system such as Skype.

As of Friday morning, a photo of Scaramucci still appeared on the event's website listing of participants. But unlike other photos on the site that link to biographies of participants, clicking on Scaramucci's takes viewers to a “page not found'' error message.

Scaramucci had signed on to appear at the two-day political “Comic-Con- like'' gathering long before he was appointed White House communications director.

He found himself at the center of growing White House discord this week, first in a series of Twitter posts that appeared to suggest that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had publicly leaked one of Scaramucci's financial disclosure forms. He then gave a profanity-filled interview to The New Yorker, slamming Priebus and Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's senior strategist.

After the interview was published, Scaramucci first posted on Twitter that he is known for using “colorful language'' but he would try to refrain. He later tweeted that he made a mistake by “trusting'' the reporter who wrote The New Yorker story, although the interview was conducted on the record, according to the publication.


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