Scaramucci wants 'positive mojo' with media

Ivan Schwartz
July 23, 2017

Scaramucci admitted on Saturday that he is deleting any political views on his Twitter account that go against the Trump agenda.

Spicer reportedly quit after Trump hired NY hedge funder Anthony Scaramucci to be the White House communications boss, over the top of Spicer.

"I should have never said that about him", Scaramucci said.

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, wrote a scathing column in early 2016 aimed at then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, warning that the abandonment of "common decency out of primeval fear" echoed some of the worst examples of US history. I was supporting another candidate. However, once they were out of the race, Scaramucci became one of the Trump campaign's top fundraisers.

Trump himself tweeted on the subject July 22nd, lashing out at the media for "fake news" leaks and later attempting to shift focus to Hillary Clinton's emails rather than the investigation into his team's possible links with Russian Federation during the election campaign. And we need to focus on these leaks.

Others on Twitter have taken screenshots of past tweets from Scaramucci that they say have since been deleted, too, in which he praised Mitt Romney for his "decision to stay out of the Trump spectacle" and calls Trump an "odd guy". He even asked if Trump could be a "Democratic plant for Hillary Clinton".

In that tweet, he also linked to an article he wrote about daily liquidity and alternative investments that begins with the line, "Daily liquidity in alternative investments is like keeping a gun in your home - it might provide the illusion of security but statistics show it's more likely to cause you harm".

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For years, he hosted a conference and extravagant party in Las Vegas for hedge funds called SALT, which has been attended by the likes of Will Smith, Bill Clinton, Kobe Bryant and Al Pacino.

At the beginning of the 2016 presidential election cycle, Scaramucci was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's fundraising chairman. That bet obviously paid off in spades.

During the primary campaign, however, Scaramucci criticized Trump for appealing to the voters' fears with misinformation and alarmism and attacked him for targeting low-information voters.

Trump originally tapped Scaramucci to be a White House liaison with the business world, but that job fell through. Spicer denounced what he considered Scaramucci's lack of qualifications, according to people familiar with the situation.

It finally arrived amid a major shake-up of Mr Trump's press and legal teams in the latest attempt at a reset. "We are confident it will close this summer", a SkyBridge spokeswoman told CNNMoney on Friday.

Scaramucci is the founder of the investment firm SkyBridge Capital, which was worth nearly $12 billion when he sold it to a Chinese consortium in January, NBC reports.

"Whatever you're trying to suggest by bringing this story up, I actually do not care", Scaramucci told Tapper. "He was just making the statement about the power of pardons". Spicer's post will be filled by former deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Reporters hustled to the hallway outside Spicer's office, and were eventually corralled back to the door of the briefing room - but not before spotting Scaramucci and Priebus together upstairs.

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