Anthony Scaramucci criticises Trump's reaction to far-right violence in Charlottesville

13 August, 2017, 20:27 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Mr Scaramucci was asked to leave when Mr Trump named General John Kelly his new chief of staff and tasked him with restoring calm. "I'm not trying to build my own brand" on the president's coattails", he added.

In his interview Sunday, Scaramucci fueled recent rumors about a forthcoming shakeup in White House staff, suggesting that chief strategist Steve Bannon was behind some of the leaks that have plagued Trump's presidency.

A former Wall Street financier, Mr Scaramucci was sacked from his job at the end of a chaotic 10 days which started with White House press secretary Steve Spicer resigning.

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have called out Trump's apparent reluctance to specifically mention the white supremacist groups who gathered in Charlottesville for a "Unite the Right" rally.

Scaramucci said Trump "has to move away from that sort of Bannon-bart nonsense" and "move more to the mainstream" way of thinking that is embraced by most moderate Republicans and independents.

On a separate livestream later, Scaramucci said he didn't know whether Bannon was a white supremacist, but said that his embrace of white nationalists was "inexcusable".

"Well, obviously, I wish they would give me a bar of soap and tell me to go wash my mouth out in the bathroom and move on", he said. If he does that, he'll have a successful legislative agenda that he can execute.

"I get to work together with a broad range of talented people and it is a privilege every day to enable the national security team", McMaster said, an answer he regurgitated three times as Todd continued to press him on his views of Bannon.

Scaramucci, who held the position as Trump's top spokesman for 11 days, gave ABC his first interview since he was sacked at the end of July by Gen. John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff.

"I'm here to serve the country", he told Ryan Lizza, a reporter for The New Yorker.

The foul-mouthed 53-year-old Long Island native lasted only 11 days as President Trump's communications director.



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