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Mooch to lower profile after New Yorker fracas

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Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has told associates he plans to dramatically pare back his interactions with journalists following his jaw-dropping comments to The New Yorker, sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.

Why it matters: Scaramucci's aggressive entrance rattled West Wing staffers, and, like any aide representing President Trump on TV, he runs the risk of upstaging POTUS, who insists on being the star of his own show.

"Mooch" was scheduled to be a headliner at this weekend's Politicon conference in Pasadena, Calif., but he's pulled out. A source with direct knowledge says he withdrew before the Lizza incident — because of the new job, not the incident.