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Sunday, 13 August 2017 11:49

Scaramucci says Trump isn’t harsh enough on white supremacists

Written by  Marisa Schultz

WASHINGTON – Ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Trump for not being “harsher” on white nationalist groups after their rally in Virginia erupted in violence and called White House strategist Steve Bannon a drag on the administration.

WASHINGTON – Ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Trump for not being “harsher” on white nationalist groups after their rally in Virginia erupted in violence and called White House strategist Steve Bannon a drag on the administration.

Scaramucci blamed the “Bannon-bart” wing for Trump ‘s not fully condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis as terror groups after violence broke out in Charlottesville on Saturday between them and counter-protesters .

“I wouldn’t have recommended that statement,” Scaramucci told ABC’s “This Week.” “I think he [Trump] needed to be much harsher as it related to the w hite supremacists and the nature of that.”

The president blamed the chaos on the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” during a Saturday press briefing at his golf resort in Bedminster, NJ.

Bannon formerly edited the Breitbart News website, which is a platform for alt-right views and has been used to attack members of Trump’s administration, including national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

Aside from the president’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner few people in the White House can talk bluntly to Trump , Scaramucci said.

“But you also have this Bannon- b art influence in there which I think is a snag on the president, ” he said.

If Trump really wants to executive his legislative agenda to help middle-class Americans, “then he has to move away from that sort of Bannon- bart nonsense . …. The whole thing is nonsensical and it’s not serving the president’s interest. He’s got to move more to the mainstream and he’s got to be more where the moderates are and the independents are …
that love the president.”

Asked whether Bannon needs to leave the White House, Scaramucci said the president knows what to do with Bannon.

“At the end of the day the president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House,” he said. “The president has a very good idea of the people that are undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests.”

Scaramucci emerged from his two-week reprieve with a new social media account on Instagram. 

He posted two smiling self-portraits on the set of ABC’s “This Week. H e was wearing aviator sunglasses indoors and giving two-thumbs up in one of them .

“I just pick myself up and get back in the race!!! That’s life!” Scaramucci wrote, in a similar tagline as his Twitter account.

He’s hosting a 10:30 am Facebook live chat: “Got a question for me use #AskTheMooch”

After 11 wild days at the White House, Scaramucci was ousted July 31. That was the first day on the job of new White House chief of staff, John Kelly.

Known as “The Mooch,” the Long Islander’s over-the-top foray into politics started with a press conference on how much he loves Trump and blowing a kiss to the cameras.

But a profanity-laced interview with the New Yorker where he blasted former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and Bannon turned the attention on him and put him in hot water with the president.

The ABC stint is Scaramucci first on-camera interview since his White House ouster – much to the chagrin of Stephen Colbert. He touted last week he would have an exclusive interview on Monday. “I can’t believe it. We got the Mooch!”

Colbert didn’t realize Scaramucci had booked another “exclusive” a day earlier with George Stephanopoulos.

Scaramucci blamed Ryan Lizza for publishing the Priebus conversation, which he thought would be private, though he never said the interview would be “off the record.”

He said many people in the White House wanted him to go and this “unforced error” gave them ammunition.

He expected a “bar of soap” to wash out his mouth after the profane interview was released, but he realized he wouldn’t last when Kelly came on board.

“I accept it. What I did was wrong, but we have to move on,” Scaramucci said, noting he talked to the Trump this week with a “candid” conversation.

His arrival kicked off a major- staff shake up in the West Wing .


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