Anthony Scaramucci defends brief White House stay in interview

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

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.

"Do you believe Steve Bannon does that?"

Additionally, Kelly should present the president a primer on one bedrock Marine leadership principle: know yourself and seek self-improvement.

"I think that there are elements inside of Washington, also inclusive in the White House, that are not necessarily abetting the president's interests or his agenda", the Manhasset financier told ABC News' "This Week".

Scaramucci was sacked soon after the New Yorker interview and as new Chief of Staff John Kelly took over.

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"You didn't answer. Can you and Steve Bannon work in that same White House?"

"I've never sat down with Steve Bannon and said, 'Hey, are you a white nationalist or a white supremacist?' But I think the toleration of it by Steve Bannon is inexcusable", Scaramucci said. Before his sudden departure, Scaramucci managed to drive White House spokesman Sean Spicer out of his job and helped get Reince Priebus sacked as Trump's chief of staff.

When Kelly was sworn in, White House officials made it clear that all staff would report to Kelly.

Scaramucci said as White House communications director he "wouldn't have recommended" the statement Trump gave, and applauded National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster's characterization of the violence as terrorism. The president has been criticized for not specifically calling out the white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups at Saturday's rally. "Whether it's domestic or worldwide terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out". "I think he's also of the impression that there's hatred on all sides, but I disagree with it", he said.

Scaramucci is scheduled also to appear Monday night on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert".

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