WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has appointed retired Army Gen. Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf as his new White House Communications Director, sources confirmed today.
The appointment follows the dismissal of Anthony Scaramucci earlier this week, whose 10-day stint as communications director was plagued by infighting and media reports showing that he used vulgar and abusive language towards fellow staff.
Although al-Sahhaf has never worked in Washington, he is well-known for his distinguished service as an army general, officials said. He gained international recognition for his role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where his nickname "Baghdad Bob" has since become a household name.
Trump has taken to elevating a number of retired generals to greater roles within his administration.
Al-Sahhaf’s hiring comes on the heels of Trump naming retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to the position of White House Chief of Staff, which became vacant last week when Reince Priebus resigned amid rumors he stole one of the Legos that Scaramucci was playing with.
In his first official press conference after Trump appointed him, al-Sahhaf was asked if he would be able to bring some stability and longevity to the communications post.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” al-Sahhaf said. “I’ve been the president’s communications director since the start of his election campaign.”
Al-Sahhaf was also dismissive of concerns of turmoil within the White House staff suggested by the high rate of staff turnover.
“Everything in the White House is just fine,” he said “The White House staff is one big happy family. A well-oiled machine beloved by Republicans and Democrats alike and respected by all American citizens and media outlets.”
Al-Sahhaf also took time to comment on current international events, praising the courageous Iraqi troops who recently repelled ISIS from its stronghold in Mosul, reminiscent of prior flawless Iraqi military victories such as the successful annexations of Kuwait in 1990 and several western regions of Iran in the 1980s, in addition to the annihilation of invading U.S. forces in 2003.