Scaramucci Details Characteristics Needed To Be President’s Chief of Staff

December 11, 2018 - 2:12 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — President Donald Trump’s White House is still searching for a replacement for outgoing chief of staff John Kelly.

According to the Washington Post, three members of the president’s cabinet were being considered for the position, but all three signaled they were not interested.

For some insight as to who would be a good fit, WCBS 880’s Steve Scott sat down with a man who knows President Trump very well: Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

When asked about what kind of personality and what kind of mindset a person would need to succeed at the job, Scaramucci said, “The president needs an honest broker. He needs somebody that's going to expand the access of the tent around him, because the president likes talking to a lot of people. The person should have an insecurity quotient of about zero. And frankly, somebody that can help him ring fence the legal situation, he would be better suited with somebody had a legal experience or legal mind, that that would be the the characteristics and qualities of somebody that I'd be looking for.”

Currently, Kelly is expected to remain in his position until Jan. 2 to ensure a “very peaceful and pragmatic transition,” according to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

After Nick Ayers, Trump’s leading pick for chief of staff, rejected the offer and decided instead to leave the White House, the president was left scrambling with no backup plan.

Now, Scaramucci says Trump needs to look for somebody that can help him dial back on his thoughts on the Mueller investigation and focus on policy and the president’s position for 2020.

Listen to the full interview above.