Financier Anthony Scaramucci, a prominent surrogate and fundraiser during President Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House, has joined the embattled Export-Import Bank in a top position.
Scaramucci became a senior vice president and chief strategy officer at the agency on June 19, Export-Import Bank spokesman Lawton King confirmed.
Scaramucci has also been under consideration for a number of other roles in the administration, including U.S. ambassador to the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Transition officials had told reporters that he would become director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, a post held by Valerie Jarrett under President Barack Obama.
But POLITICO reported that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked Scaramucci at one point to take himself out of the running because Trump couldn’t wait for his ethics review to be completed. Scaramucci had recently put his hedge fund up for sale in order to move into the administration.
Scaramucci joins the Export-Import Bank as the agency enters what is expected to be a contentious confirmation fight over Trump’s nominee to become its president, former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.). Garrett had opposed the bank while a member of Congress.
“Mr. Scaramucci’s main role is to assess how the Export-Import Bank can better capitalize upon opportunities to support American jobs by financing American exports,” King said.
Scaramucci was in the spotlight this week after CNN retracted a story that claimed Senate investigators were looking into a meeting between him and an executive from a Russian investment fund. Three CNN employees resigned.