Anthony Scaramucci Talks Trump, Charlottesville & His Own Dirty Mouth

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

"With the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out, ' Scaramucci told ABC News" George Stephanopoulos during his first post-White House interview, airing Sunday morning on This Week.

Trump has come under intense criticism for his response to clashes between white nationalist groups ― including members of neo-Nazi and KKK groups ― and counter-protesters, which came to a head Saturday when a 20-year-old OH man allegedly plowed his vehicle into a group of anti-racist demonstrators, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring at least 19 others.

Scaramucci said he "disagreed" with Trump's statement, but that such differences of opinion would likely do little to shape the message coming out of the White House.

"I think there are elements inside of Washington, also inclusive in the White House, that are not necessarily abetting the president's interests or his agenda", he added.

When Scaramucci served as communications director, he went on a rant about Trump administration staffers during a call with a New Yorker reporter. Scaramucci decried what he called the "Bannon-Bart" influence at the White House, labelling it "nonsense". The president is going to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But is there anyone in the White House right now that said, boy, you just made a real mistake there?

"I think people are probably reluctant to tell him the truth".

Asked by Stephanopoulos whether that included Bannon, Scaramucci said, "Well, yes". Maybe Ivanka would do that.

Scaramucci, whose turn on the communications team lasted for less than two weeks, said in an interview with ABC News' This Week the president needed to get "more loyalists in" to protect his position.

Expect McMaster et also be pressed on the "military option" for Venezuela, which the president laid on the table on Friday because, I guess, sounding "tough" is its own reward. And so we're on live television, and so I would prefer to let the president make the decisions that the president needs to make.

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