Jul 25, 2017

Scaramucci becomes public face of Trump's anti-leak campaign

Lazaro Gamio / Axios

New White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is already making his presence felt, telling Politico's Tara Palmeri today that he'll fire Michael Short, a loyalist to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. And don't be confused by last week's public bromance: Scaramucci and Reince aren't friends. It's totally phony.

  • Why it matters: Reince has a very small number of loyalists left in the White House, with most of them in the press shop. Scaramucci has been given carte-blanche firing authority by Trump.
  • What to watch: What happens if Scaramucci fires another Reince loyalist in the press shop? And then another one? Then Reince is exposed and in a situation where his clout is tested with Trump.
  • How not to read this: Mooch keeps saying "everybody" will get fired, but he has a very friendly relationship with the Trump originals, the campaign veterans who aren't tied to the RNC. In particular, that means Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.