Scaramucci on Trump Charlottesville statement: The president "needed to be much harsher"

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci says there are people in Washington working to oust the President.

"With the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out", Scaramucci said.

"I wouldn't have recommended that statement, I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that", Scaramucci said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

In his first televised appearance since he was ousted from his White House post, Scaramucci told This Week host George Stephanopoulos that - were he still Trump's communications director - he would not have written the fiercely criticized statement Trump gave on Saturday, shortly after the vehicle attack that killed a 32-year-old woman and injured several more.

Scaramucci - who held the top White House communications job for just 11 days - urged current administration officials to directly disagree with Trump if he's wrong, but hypothesized that the president responded in that way because he "likes doing the opposite of what the media thinks he's going to do", and he is "of the impression that there is hatred on all sides".

"The whole thing is nonsensical", Scaramucci said.

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Scaramucci's interview Sunday came two weeks after his firing.

The White House did not immediately comment on Scaramucci's suggestion about Bannon.

"He has to move away from that sort of "Bannon-bart" nonsense", Scaramucci said, apparently combining Bannon's name with Breitbart, the website that Bannon ran before joining Trump's campaign past year.

President Donald Trump revealed the name he calls his new chief of staff John Kelly, The Hill reported Friday.

Scaramucci spoke further about the bombastic phone call that he had with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza, during which he criticized a number of his then-colleagues, including then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Scaramucci said the president can't be told what to do, but said those around him should "give him direct advice" and "be blunt with him".

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