Author: Trump Now Chief of Staff Kelly's Biggest Challenge

Author: Trump Now Chief of Staff Kelly's Biggest Challenge

Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci was erroneously listed as deceased in the most recent edition of the Harvard Law School alumni directory.

Scaramucci's departure comes just days after former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Press Secretary Sean Spicer left the Trump administration.

Spicer, Priebus and Bannon had all objected to Trump's decision to hire Scaramucci, who would have reported directly to the president.

In the words of the White House announcement, he was leaving because he "felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team". "We wish him all the best".

Kelly inherits the day-to-day running of a White House staff that - far from marching in lockstep - look like a regiment pinned down by heavy fire, getting conflicting orders from their commander and squabbling over the way forward.

In addition to the strains in the West Wing and with Congress, Kelly starts his new job as tensions escalate with North Korea.

Earlier, in an Oval Office ceremony, Trump predicted Kelly, who previously served as Homeland Security chief, would do a "spectacular job".

Many question whether anyone can rein in the mercurial, Twitter-happy Trump, who has appeared to encourage the infighting among various factions vying for influence in his administration.

Whoa, that was quick!

"I think we're doing incredibly well".

The protracted health care fight has slowed work on Trump's other policy goals, including a tax overhaul and infrastructure investment. That is what has made him successful over the last 30 years. "Business enthusiasm is about as high as they've ever seen it". But the former Exxon CEO quickly aimed to put the rumors to bed, saying his relationship with Trump is "good".

Under pressure from a widening probe into his campaign's contacts with Russia last year, Trump last week attacked his own attorney general Jeff Sessions for disloyalty, alarming his conservative base, before turning on Priebus.

Since taking office six months ago, Trump's tumultuous administration has seen a succession of negative headlines and brewing scandals.

"We'll handle North Korea".

"I say you have to let Trump be Trump". It will be handled.

Thank you Anthony @Scaramucci for your service.

Kelly's arrival is likely to signal a renewed focus on border security and immigration.

Scaramucci, who resigned from his White House position after just 11 days, graduated from Harvard Law in 1989.