The embattled former White House staffers have all determined what they’ll do next, post-Trump administration.
Updated: September 14, 2017
They may have stepped down from the podium — but you haven’t heard everything Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, and Steve Bannon have to say yet.
On Wednesday, Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived former White House Communications Director, took to Twitter to announce the upcoming launch of the Scaramucci Post — a media company whose objectives are, as yet, unclear.
— ScaramucciPost (@ScaramucciPost) September 13, 2017
The stories that the Scaramucci Post will seek to perpetuate are still unknown, but on Thursday morning, Scaramucci himself followed up the initial tweet with a second confirmation that he will indeed be launching a new media venture.
Envelope please: The answer is – YES.
BTW, thank you for providing our next poll question.https://t.co/B959MhS0nX
— ScaramucciPost (@ScaramucciPost) September 14, 2017
In the meantime, the new account for the Scaramucci Post has already racked up nearly 10,000 followers, and anticipation is high. Scaramucci was famously fired by President Donald Trump on July 31st at the behest of Chief of Staff John Kelly, after a chaotic ten day stint in the White House.
For instance, former Press Secretary Sean Spicer – the man who resigned when Scaramucci came on-board in July – will join a series of ex-politicians by taking to the paid speaking circuit. Spicer has signed with the Worldwide Speakers Group, an agency that also represents personalities like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and ex-Obama White House communications director Jen Psaki, POLITICO reports.
“With his well-known candor and extensive experience, Sean is uniquely qualified to help audiences understand how the political environment will impact them now and in the future,” said a representative for the agency.
The so-called “candor” that Spicer’s new agency touts as a virtue has, in the past, acted as more of a vice during his White House days. As press secretary, his hyperbolic claims that President Donald Trump’s inauguration was watched by more spectators than any other inauguration in history, and his reference to Adolf Hitler’s purported abstinence from using chemical weapons as a defense for US missile strikes into Syria, consistently landed him in hot water.
Paid speeches are a lucrative business for many ex-politicos — for instance, the Clintons have earned an estimated $153 million since leaving the White House, while former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani banked a reported $9.2 million in speaking fees over the course of 13 months during his failed presidential run in 2007.
POLITICO reports that “paid speeches… will be one of the main components of Spicer’s post-White House life,” according to several sources familiar with his plans.
What’s more, ex-chief strategist to the President, Steve Bannon — widely considered an architect of Trump’s victory in 2016 — left the White House in August after months of rumors that he eventually would. Bannon has since return to the executive chairmanship of Breitbart, the conservative outlet he helped pioneer.
“I’ve got my hands back on my weapons,” Bannon said at the time.
I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton – it was great! Thanks S
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
This article has been updated from one originally published on Sept. 5, 2017.
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