It seems like Anthony Scaramucci is doing two of the most important things Donald Trump wants him to do:
- He is consistently communicating to an audience of one: Donald Trump.
- His bombastic and chaotic first week in the White House is distracting the media from the Russia investigation.
For the only person who matters to Anthony Scaramucci it’s a good first week despite an R-rated interview with the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, several factual communications errors, and a few deleted tweets.
It remains to be seen if Scaramucci can do the real work of a communications director. For example, an experienced communications director would not be blindsided by the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan who wrote a blistering piece this morning that repeatedly called Trump limp, sniveling, and weak: “The president’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is impetuous, brash or naive. It’s not that he is inexperienced, crude, an outsider. It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he undermines himself almost daily by ignoring traditional norms and forms of American masculinity.”
While Scaramucci seems adept at going toe-to-toe with cable news pundits and the White House press corps, his ability to manage a message – other than blindly praising the president’s agenda – has not yet been on display.