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Anthony Scaramucci adviser role said to be revisited by White House

Anthony Scaramucci
Anthony Scaramucci

The White House may offer financier Anthony Scaramucci an ambassadorship or another job instead of appointing him to a top role advising President Donald Trump, a senior administration official said.

Mr. Scaramucci didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

The change is under consideration because of a delay in the Office of Government Ethics' review of Mr. Scaramucci's financial disclosures, the official said. Mr. Scaramucci was in line to direct the White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, but his appointment has never been formally announced.

The OGE review of Mr. Scaramucci's financial disclosures could take as long as 90 days, and the White House doesn't want to wait that long to have someone in the liaison position, the administration official said. The job was held in former President Barack Obama's administration by Valerie Jarrett, who was among his closest advisers.

Mr. Scaramucci last month agreed to sell his 45% stake in SkyBridge Capital, an investment firm he founded, in a deal that values the company at least $180 million. Some analysts said the price was rich, although Mr. Scaramucci said it is fair and he turned down higher offers.

The buyer group included a subsidiary of HNA Group, a Chinese conglomerate, as well as a little-known company called RON Transatlantic. Mr. Scaramucci has said he doesn't know all of the people behind RON, and spokesmen for his firm and RON declined to identify the company's investors.

Trump has assured Mr. Scaramucci of his support in recent days, a person familiar with the situation said.