British Email Prankster Tricks Top White House Officials, Including Scaramucci, Into Replying

Prankster made Tom Bossert think Jared Kushner wants him over for dinner and goads Anthony Scaramucci by insulting him as Reince Priebus

Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus, John Kelly, Rex Tillerson and Mike Pence (L to R) take their seats at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 18, 2017.
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A British prankster fooled senior White House officials into responding to emails he had sent pretending to be from other members of the Trump team, the Guardian reported Tuesday.

The man, identified on Twitter as @SINON_REBORN, tricked former communications director Anthony Scaramucci into answering an email he had written posing as Reince Priebus, the former White House chief of staff. As Priebus, the pranskter wrote to Scaramucci that he was “breathtakingly hypocritical” and that “at no stage have you acted in a way that is remotely classy.”

Scaramucci responded to these slights with “You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.”

The prankster continued attacking Scaramucci, writing: “I can’t believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called ‘Mooch’, who can’t even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake. I have nothing to apologize for.”

Clearly angry, Scaramucci answered: “Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there. My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me.”

In another email exchange, the prankster emailed Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert pretending to be Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, CNN reported.

"Tom, we are arranging a bit of a soirée towards the end of August," the fake Jared Kushner on an Outlook account wrote to the official White House email account of Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert. "It would be great if you could make it, I promise food of at least comparible [sic] quality to that which we ate in Iraq. Should be a great evening."

Bossert responded: "Thanks, Jared. With a promise like that, I can't refuse. Also, if you ever need it, my personal email is [redacted]."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged the incident and told CNN, "We take all cyber-related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further."