A senior White House official who was tapped to lead the communications shop was on a contract to deliver “counseling, consulting, and development” for the president and his staff, according to a government document obtained by CNN.
The document, which was provided to CNN by a source familiar with the matter, indicates that Trump’s newly installed communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, was hired by Scaramuccino to help shape his administration’s strategy to counter a major crisis facing the Trump administration.
It was Scaramuci who was tasked with helping Trump “build the communications infrastructure” in the days after the 2016 election, the document states.
“He is also the point of contact for the communications team,” it continues.
Scaramucci’s appointment came less than a month after Trump’s inauguration, and just two months after Scaramucinos former chief of staff Reince Priebus resigned amid an ethics scandal and after Scaramiis new communications team was rocked by a leak of internal documents.
Scaramucci has since left the Trump White House.
He was the only person to serve as White House press secretary and communications director during the 2016 campaign, a role that Scaramci had held since May, the Washington Post reported.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Scamuci’s contract was first reported by The New York Times, which said Scaramcuis was paid $50,000 a month and had been working with the Trump transition team since January.
The contract states he was “in charge of the communications office, the press secretary, and the public relations team.”
Scaramcci also served as communications director for former Vice President Joe Biden in 2016 and 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump, according the Washington Times.
He left the transition team in early 2017 to join Scaramaci’s new group, the communications operation, as a senior adviser, according CNN.
“He will be an integral part of the team, and will provide input into everything from planning and strategic messaging to public relations,” Scaramudcis communications director Matt McKenna told CNN.
“The president has a team that is focused on the American people and what they want, and Anthony will be there to help them get that.”
Scaramuccino was tapped by President Donald Trump to be his new communications chief on Friday, and Scaramulcis hiring was widely expected, but was not immediately known to the White House or Scaramuca himself.
“I’ve been involved in politics my whole life, and I’ve always had an affinity for working with people who are like-minded and willing to work together,” Scaramiuci told CNN’s Erin Burnett in an interview on Saturday.
“I’m thrilled to be joining this incredible group that has such a broad range of expertise and has such great ambition.”
The White Senate confirmed Scaramuchi’s appointment on Monday, according.
The transition team said it was “disappointed” in Scaramut’s hiring and said in a statement that it would “continue to work to build a great team of professionals who are committed to building a healthy and successful transition.”
“The Trump administration is going to do everything possible to ensure that President Scaramudi is given the highest possible level of confidence and respect as our new communications and transition director,” the statement said.
A spokesperson for Scaramui declined to comment to CNN.