(JTA) — White House House policy adviser Stephen Miller reportedly is under consideration to be White House communications director.
He would replace Anthony Scaramucci, was let go in part because of an obscenity-laden interview he gave to The New Yorker magazine late last month. He wasn’t set to formally take the job until Aug. 15, but had been working in the position for 10 days when he was effectively fired.
The effort to find a successor to Scaramucci is still in the name-gathering process, and Miller is not the top contender, the news website Axios reported Saturday.
Miller raised his profile last week after telling CNN’s Jim Acosta during a White House news conference that “The New Colossus written by the Jewish poet Emma Lazarus in 1883, the famous pro-immigration poem associated with the Statue of Liberty, “doesn’t matter” since it was attached to the site years after the statue was erected.
Axios reported that White House top strategic adviser Steve Bannon likes the idea of Miller for the job, and said that Miller was the hero of the West Wing after he attacked Acosta as a “cosmopolitan” for his views on immigration.
Miller has been called “one of the chief architects” behind the executive order which temporarily banned citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries and indefinitely banned Syrian refugees from entering the United States.