Anthony Scaramucci’s wife filed for divorce while she was nine months pregnant and, when their son arrived, he congratulated her by text message, according to reports.
The new White House communications director, who in the space of a week has gone from being a little-known financier to a household name thanks largely to his expletive-laced rant about his new colleagues is yet to confirm the divorce.
He tweeted a request for prayers for his family.
The New York Post reported that Deidre Scaramucci, 38, filed divorce papers on July 6 in Nassau County Supreme Court, in New York. Married for three years, she gave birth to their first son, Nicholas, in early 2014.Their second son, James, arrived on Monday in New York City, while Scaramucci was at a Boy Scout jamboree with President Donald Trump in West Virginia.
“When James was born, he sent her a text saying: ‘Congratulations, I’ll pray for our child’,” a source told the paper. “She’s mad. They aren’t really speaking right now.”
He reportedly did not meet his newborn son until Friday evening, at the end of a whirlwind first week in Washington in which he witnessed the ouster from the White House of his bitter rival, Reince Priebus, who served as chief of staff.
An associate of Scaramucci, 53, defended him, saying the child arrived early. “There was discussion between him, her and the divorce lawyers about Anthony going to the hospital and unfortunately the delivery was sudden,” the source told the paper.
Scaramucci’s mother, Marie, who lives close to the marital home on Long Island, said she was yet to meet her new grandson.
In 2011 he began dating Deirdre, who had started work at his Manhattan hedge fund, Sky Bridge Capital, in 2007, as an assistant, rising to investor relations. The couple married on July 11, 2014, after his divorce was finalised. But as he edged closer to the White House, the distance between him and his wife grew. A friend of Scaramucci told the paper that he was pursuing “a different career objective that didn’t align with Deidre’s trajectory”.
Another person close to Scaramucci claimed that he was actually the victim of his wife’s verbal abuse.
“She would mock him for being a Trump sycophant,” the source said. Jill Stone, Deirdre Scaramucci’s lawyer, said her client “is not making this into a circus”.
She continued: “She has children to protect and that’s what she’s concerned about.”
Arthur Schwartz, Scaramucci’s representative, said there was no one else involved. AP