Anthony Scaramucci is well-known on Wall Street. And Washington. And Singapore. And Davos. And in virtually every other corner of the world where the carefully honed practice of high finance is practiced.
So seeing him at a senior-level post in the White House might not come as much of a surprise. To see him running the communications operation, though, has served as a bit of a shock to those on the Street familiar with the high-visibility path Scaramucci has trod on the road to his current post.
For most, it’s been a pleasant surprise.
While Scaramucci marks just the latest in a series of Wall Streeters to get prominent positions in Trump’s inner circle, this time it’s someone who can help the president formulate a clear message — something that’s been missing in the tweetstorming and verbal mud wrestling that has punctuated Trump’s communications so far.
“Trump’s made a lot of mistakes early on,” said Alfred Zaccagnino, who runs the Samarian Group, a New York-based private equity firm. “You want to learn from a guy who’s learned from his mistakes. Scaramucci has definitely learned from his mistakes and has proven his success by fighting adversity and coming out on top. I want to make a bet on that guy every time.”