Anthony Scaramucci defends brief White House stay in interview

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

STEPHANOPOULOS: You have been tough on Steve Bannon, does he have to go?

Trump's response was criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle for failing to name white supremacist or alt-right groups involved in the protests.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has used his first television interview since his sacking to claim there are plotters inside the White House looking to oust US President Donald Trump. Republicans and Democrats immediately criticised Trump's lacklustre condemnation.

He also insulted chief strategist Steve Bannon in a profanity-filled rant. "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", Scaramucci said in the air of ABC News.

Meanwhile, the White House is still without a communications director after Scaramucci's sudden departure just 11 days after he was appointed.

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.

"I think he would have needed to have been much harsher".

Asked if that included Bannon, Scaramucci said, "Well, yeah".

Scaramucci insisted he was unaware the interview was being recorded and hit out at The New Yorker journalist Ryan Lizza after the interview was published, taking to Twitter to describe Lizza as the "Linda Tripp of 2017" and insisting "He absolutely taped the call without my permission", adding #lowlife.

Scaramucci's remarks came a day after a rally in Virginia turned violent, as clashes broke out between white nationalists and counterprotesters.

The New York billionaire faced harsh criticism during last year's presidential campaign for failing to quickly reject a vow of support from a former Klan leader, David Duke, though he eventually did so.

Mayor Signer was among those making a plea on Sunday for the country to rise above its recent troubles. "This hate and division must stop, and it must stop now".

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