White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci had only been in the job for seven days when news broke that his wife had filed for divorce on Friday afternoon. He Tweeted, "Leave civilians out of this. I can take the hits, but I would ask that you would put my family in your thoughts and prayers & nothing more."
Then it was reported on Saturday that Mrs. Scaramucci, Deidre Ball, filed for divorce while nine months pregnant—and gave birth on Monday as Scaramucci was with President Trump (at the Boy Scouts Jamboree).
— Page Six (@PageSix) July 29, 2017
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 29, 2017
Page Six's sources said that Ball was divorcing her husband because of his "naked political ambition," but the Daily News spoke to Ball's lawyer, Jill Stone, who denied that her client initiated the divorce over Scaramucci's new White House career and support of Trump, "Whoever decided to state that that was the cause, that has nothing to do with her filing for divorce... It’s a private matter. She’s focusing on the children. She really doesn’t have a comment at this time."
Ball reportedly filed for divorce in early July—before Scaramucci officially joined the White House. She gave birth to Scaramucci's fifth child—he has three from a previous marriage, and another child with Ball—on Monday at Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side, according to Page Six, which added:
Relations are so strained that even Anthony’s mother, Marie, who lives one Long Island town over from the couple, said she has yet to meet her new grandson.
“No, I haven’t,” she said when reached by phone. “There’s a reason for it and I don’t want to discuss it.”
An associate of Scaramucci's told Page Six, "There was discussion between him, her and the divorce attorneys about Anthony going to the hospital and unfortunately … the delivery was sudden."
The Daily News reported, "A sunglass-wearing Anthony Scaramucci was spotted driving up to the couple’s Manhasset, L.I., home in a black Bentley SUV Saturday evening. As Scaramucci pulled into the garage, his wife appeared wearing a dour expression and a black tank top and blue jeans."
On Saturday morning, Scaramucci tweeted, "Family does not need to be drawn into this. Soon we will learn who in the media has class and who doesn't. No further comments on this." On Sunday, he was back to business: