Donald Trump's newly appointed White House communications director was involved in quite a media storm on Thursday evening.
Anthony Scaramucci has only been in the job since 21 July and was expected to focus the White House's message - this doesn't appear to be going so well.
On Wednesday night, New Yorker journalist Ryan Lizza posted a pair of tweets reporting on a group of people who were allegedly dining with President Trump that evening.
They included Melania Trump, Scaramucci, talk show host Sean Hannity and former Fox News executive Bill Shine.
Shortly after this, Lizza reports that he received a phone call from Scaramucci who was interested to learn who had given him that information.
Who leaked that to you?
The conversation that follows contains a lot of swearing. You have been warned.
Lizza refused to reveal his sources and what followed was a very public rant against the entire White House communications team.
What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over.
Lizza said he laughed in response to that.
However, Scaramucci continued by complaining about the lack of faith he had in his new colleagues.
He did this on the record, to a New Yorker journalist.
Lizza has since published the entire experience (it's a wild ride).
Here are just a few of the more bonkers things that reportedly occurred Wednesday night on the phone with 'The Mooch'.
I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves.
You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.
Failing to get even a hint of who leaked the details of the dinner to Lizza, Scaramucci then allegedly stated his intention to fire the entire team within the next two weeks.
Is it an assistant to the President?
O.K., I’m going to fire every one of them, and then you haven’t protected anybody, so the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks.
Lizza asked why this information about a dinner was so sensitive to which Scaramucci reportedly replied.
I’ve asked people not to leak things for a period of time and give me a honeymoon period.
They won’t do it.
As he became more and more frustrated, Lizza reveals that the 53-year-old appeared to convince himself that Reince Priebus, the White House Chief of Staff, was the source.
They’ll all be fired by me.
I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you.
Reince Priebus—if you want to leak something—he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.
At this point we should explain the ongoing rivalry between Scaramucci and Priebus.
After Trump won the election he invited Scaramucci, a former critic of his, to join his administration.
Priebus wasn't happy about this and according to The Atlantic, managed to block his appointment until last week.
Scaramucci's arrival was quickly followed by the departure of former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who was an ally of Priebus.
This was followed by the resignation of press aide, Martin Short on Tuesday, who was also believed to be close to Priebus.
Back to the phone call, and Scaramucci told Lizza that he believed that Preibus was upset about not being invited to the dinner.
What followed was an expletive ridden tirade against Preibus, even channelling him at one point.
Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.
Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.
Scaramucci then, according to Lizza, brought up a Politico article about him which claimed that he earned $4.9m last year thanks to his stake in his investment firm SkyBridge Capital, which could present him with potential conflicts of interest in the future.
Although the information was reportedly obtained through Export-Import Bank, Scaramucci allegedly blamed Preibus for the leak instead.
I’ve called the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice.
He then moving into a bizarre third person account where he vowed to resist the Washington 'swamp.'
The swamp will not defeat him.
They’re trying to resist me, but it’s not going to work. I’ve done nothing wrong on my financial disclosures, so they’re going to have to go fuck themselves.
Scaramucci then, according to Lizza, transferred his attention to Steve Bannon, describing Trump's chief strategist and his need for recognition in rather graphic fashion.
I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock.
I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.
He then returned to Priebus, attacking the leakers and pledging an allegiance to Trump and his agenda.
He didn’t get the hint that I was reporting directly to the President.
And I said to the President here are the four or five things that he will do to me.
What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers and I want to get the President’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people.
Scaramucci then made the bold claim that all this will be solved shortly and that he has incriminating evidence against his rivals in the White House.
This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, O.K.? Because I nailed these guys. I’ve got digital fingerprints on everything they’ve done through the F.B.I. and the fucking Department of Justice.
If you thought that was intense, imagine being Ryan Lizza during that entire encounter.
Sometimes, just sometimes, a story falls into your lap.