Washington( CNN) Standing behind a crush of reporters in the Oval Office on Monday, Anthony Scaramucci displayed few outward signs his unbridled tenure as President Donald Trump’s communications director was about to end.

Hands thrust into his pockets and a new government ID badge strung around his neck, Scaramucci watched stone-faced as Trump offered an effusive therefore welcomed his new chief of staff, John Kelly.

“With a very controversial situation, there’s been very little contention, ” Trump proclaimed of his incoming top aide’s record heading the Department of Homeland Security.