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Donald Trump reportedly axes loyal aide over patchy crowd at Phoenix rally

George Gigicos reportedly told he would never manage a Trump rally again after president voiced displeasure at visible gaps in the audience

Donald Trump once used a presidential primary debate to offer assurance that there was no need to worry about the size of his hands or, indeed, his manhood. I guarantee you theres no problem, he told the audience.

But there is a problem over the size of his crowds.

The US president has reportedly dispensed with a loyal aide after his campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona, last week was less than full.

With TV cameras showing gaps on the concrete floor of the Phoenix convention center, Trump watched on a backstage monitor with growing displeasure, the Bloomberg agency reported.

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Anthony Scaramucci (10 days)

Named director of communications after having been denied a White House role earlier, the New York financier and Republican fundraiser promptlythreatened to fire everyone in his teamover leaks. He also staged a combative andcontradictorybriefing room debut and talkshow tour; sought to bat away questions aboutsuspiciously liberal pronouncementsin his past and support for Trumps Republican enemies;deleted tweets; warred openly with the former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and seemingly forced him out; compared the struggle to take healthcare away from millions of Americans toLincolns battle against slavery; poured obscene invective about leakers, Priebus and Steve Bannondown the phone to a New Yorker reporter; missed the birth of his son;saw his wife file for divorce; and was asked to resign.

Michael Flynn (23 days)

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James Comey (110 days)

The most shocking firing of them all.Trump sacked his FBI director, by messenger rather than in person, as congressional and justice department investigations into links between Trump aides and Russia gathered pace. Lest anyone retain any doubt about why Trump pressed the big red button, he told NBC in a primetime interview the firing was tied to this Russia thing. The reverberations will be felt for some time yet.

Sean Spicer (183 days)

The long-suffering but loyal surrogate for the presidenthanded in his resignationin response to Scaramuccis appointment. A Republican insider and Priebus ally, he never settled into the press secretary role afteran infamous debutin which he angrily insisted Trumps fantastic version of crowd sizes at the inauguration were true. Achieving by way of Melissa McCarthyslethal Saturday Night Live impressiona somewhat dubious celebrity, his days at the White House were long rumoured to be numbered. His departure on a point of principle having seemingly been justified only 10 days later, he may now claim a sort of hollow vindication.

Reince Priebus (189 days)

The former Republican National Committee chair stayed loyal at least in public to Trump through Friday,when he was told his time was up. He stayed loyal after handing in his resignation too, rhapsodising about the president and his mission in interviews with CNN and, of course, Fox News. But it seemed Priebuss card had alway been marked, less over his initial blocking of Scaramucci, which enraged the Mooch, or by his closeness to the House speaker, Paul Ryan, than by his private advice to Trump to quit the presidential race after 8 October, when the infamous Access Hollywood Gropegate tape was published. The Washington Post reported that Priebus was thus never considered a member of the Oct 8th coalition, a name for the inner cabal of Trumpites who have never wavered, however low their bosss reputation has sunk.

In fact, as speakers including vice-president Mike Pence and housing secretary Ben Carson fired up the audience, most of those gaps were plugged, even though supporters had to run the gauntlet of protesters outside the venue.

Wow, what a crowd, Trump began. What a crowd. There were 10,000 people in attendance, according to city officials, although some did filter out before the end.

George Gigicos, a former White House director of advance who had organised the event as a contractor to the Republican national committee (RNC), bore the brunt of Trumps wrath, according to Bloomberg. He was told he would never manage a Trump rally again by the presidents longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller, who in May hand-delivered a letter from the president firing FBI director James Comey.

The president made headlines at the Phoenix rally with his fierce attacks on the media, threat to shut down the government over funding for his border wall and tease about a pardon for sheriff Joe Arpaio, which he delivered three days later.

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