07 Agosto, 2017
Anthony Scaramucci's listing in Harvard Law School's alumni directory erroneously said the outsted White House communications director was dead, prompting an apology from the school Monday.
CNN identified Tom Bossert, the president's homeland security adviser, as one of the officials who fell for the ruse.
"Regrettably, there is an error in the Harvard Law School alumni directory in the listing for Anthony Scaramucci", Harvard Law spokeswoman Michelle Deakin said in a statement. "We offer our sincere apologies to Mr. Scaramucci".
After an Oval Office swearing-in ceremony, Trump confidently predicted the 67-year-old combat veteran - one of a group Trump has dubbed "my generals" - will do a "spectacular job".
"Trump will remain Trump, and the various denizens of the White House are unlikely to treat Kelly with much more deference than they treat one another", he wrote in the Atlantic magazine.
The statement revived the "clean slate" language that former White House press secretary Sean Spicer had used to describe his own reason for resigning on the day Trump brought Scaramucci aboard.
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.
Other US comedians including Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel were also quick to ridicule the former hedge fund manager, who sold his business in order to take up the White House position.
After five days working at the White House, the shortest-lived communications director stint in history, Scaramucci told TMZ while departing the Trump International Hotel in Washington Tuesday that he's "working on being the best person I can be".
Scaramucci had courted controversy with an expletive-laden attack on his colleagues - then chief of staff Reince Priebus, who was forced out last week, and chief White House strategist Steve Bannon. But Trump aides made clear that the president still wanted to see action on health care.
"Unemployment is the lowest it's been in 17 years".
On the global stage, Trump faces the stark challenge of a North Korea that could be on the verge of marrying nuclear and ballistic missile technology.
Kelly "will bring new structure, discipline and strength" to the White House, she said.
The president denies there is "chaos" in the White House, despite a particularly tumultuous stretch. Sanders later brushed aside talk of yet another abrupt shuffle: the idea of Sessions leaving the Justice Department to replace Kelly at Homeland Security. And he says things are going "very well".
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.
President Donald Trump's new chief of staff is entering a West Wing battered by crisis.