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Anthony Scaramucci Cancels Politicon Appearance

President Trump's communications director found himself at the center of growing White House discord this week

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    Simon Sidi, CEO of Politicon, and NBC 4’s Conan Nolan talk about Politicon – the unconventional political convention coming up in Pasadena July 29 and 30. (Published Sunday, July 16, 2017)

    After grabbing national headlines for a profanity-laced interview with The New Yorker, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has scrubbed plans to attend this weekend's Politicon convention in Pasadena — although there is still a chance he could speak at the event remotely.

    Event organizers were informed overnight that Scaramucci would no longer be appearing at a planned panel discussion on Sunday, officials told Variety. Discussions were reportedly continuing to potentially have Scaramucci participate through a video system such as Skype.

    "While Anthony Scaramucci decided to cancel his scheduled appearance at Politicon this year, the beauty of Politicon is that we have dozens of huge names that political junkies will love, from Chelsea Handler, James Carville,

    America Ferrera, Cenk Uygur and Rob Reiner to Ann Coulter, Roger Stone, Tomi Lahren, Ben Shapiro and Ana Navarro," organizers said. "At least now we don't have to worry about violating any local obscenity laws."

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    As of Friday morning, a photo of Scaramucci still appeared on the event's website listing of participants. But unlike other photos on the site that link to biographies of participants, clicking on Scaramucci's takes viewers to a "page not found" error message.

    Scaramucci had signed on to appear at the two-day political "Comic-Con-like" gathering long before he was appointed White House communications director.

    He found himself at the center of growing White House discord this week, first in a series of Twitter posts that appeared to suggest that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had publicly leaked one of Scaramucci's financial disclosure forms. He then gave a profanity-filled interview to The New Yorker, slamming Priebus and Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's senior strategist.

    After the interview was published, Scaramucci first posted on Twitter that he is known for using "colorful language" but he would try to refrain.

    He later tweeted that he made a mistake by "trusting" the reporter who wrote The New Yorker story, although the interview was conducted on the record, according to the publication.