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

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

A number of United States senators slammed the president for refusal to name far-right activists responsible for the violence, while former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci recommended the president to be "harsher" in reaction to such events.

Scaramucci would not elaborate but said he spoke this week with President Donald Trump.

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.

Anthony Scaramucci sat down Sunday morning for his first interview since his chaotic and brief stint with the Trump administration.

"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 on Sunday said that "for the record, I thought that was off the record".

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"George, I didn't say I didn't do the wrong thing", Scaramucci said.

The foul-mouthed comments were made during the same interview in which Scaramucci railed against Trump's chief of staff at the time, Reince Priebus, describing him as "a f*cking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac".

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

When Kelly was sworn in, White House officials made it clear that all staff would report to Kelly. "I want to be totally accountable for what I did, and obviously I paid the consequences of having that sort of conversation with him".

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".

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

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